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Powered By Current affair use full for IBPS RRB /IBPS PO-MT/CLK /SSC its ABBREVIATION IN NEWS 1. ALM‐ Asset Liability Management 2. AML Anti Money Laundering 3. KYC know Your Customer 4. ASBA: Application Supported by Blocked Amount BSBDA ‐ Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account 5. IFSC Indian Financial System Code 6. CBS: Core Banking Solution 7. RTGS ‐ Real Time Gross Settlement 8. SLR‐Statutory Liquidity Ratio 9. CAR Cash Adequacy Ratio 10. MSF‐Marginal Standing Facility 11. NBFC‐Non Banking Finance Companies 12. PIN: Personal Identification Number 13. CCEA Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs 14. CECA ‐ Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement 15. CEPA Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement 16. DTAA Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement 17. ECBs ‐ External Commercial Borrowings 18. EEFC ‐ Exchange Earner's Foreign Currency 19. EFSF European Financial Stability Facility 20. FEMA‐ Foreign Exchange Management Act 21. FII Foreign Institutional Investor. 22. FINO‐ Financial Inclusion Network Operation 23. FIPB Foreign Investment Promotion board 24. FSLRC Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission 25. CRAR: Capital to Risk‐weighted Assets Ratio 26. SWIFT: Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication 27. DEAF: Depositor Education and Awareness Fund 28. NEFT ‐ National Electronic Funds Transfer 29. DICGC : Deposit insurance and credit guarantee corporation. 30. FCNR(B) ‐ Foreign Currency Non‐Resident Bank 31. LCR: Liquidity Coverage Ratio 32. IMPS: Interbank Mobile Payment Service 33. TARC ‐ Tax Administration Reform Commission 34. LRMT: Liquidity risk monitoring tools 35. ECB ‐ External Commercial Borrowings 36. MIBOR: Mumbai Inter‐Bank Offer Rate 37. LIBOR: London Inter‐Bank Offer Rate 38. LAF Liquidity Adjustment Facility 39. GIRO ‐ Government Internal Revenue Order 40. FRBMA: Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act 41. AMFI‐ Association of Mutual Fund in India.

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ABBREVIATION IN NEWS 1. ALM‐ Asset Liability Management 2. AML – Anti Money Laundering 3. KYC – know Your Customer 4. ASBA: Application Supported by Blocked Amount BSBDA ‐ Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account 5. IFSC – Indian Financial System Code 6. CBS: Core Banking Solution 7. RTGS ‐ Real Time Gross Settlement 8. SLR‐Statutory Liquidity Ratio 9. CAR – Cash Adequacy Ratio 10. MSF‐Marginal Standing Facility 11. NBFC‐Non Banking Finance Companies 12. PIN: Personal Identification Number 13. CCEA – Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs 14. CECA ‐ Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement 15. CEPA – Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement 16. DTAA – Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement 17. ECBs ‐ External Commercial Borrowings 18. EEFC ‐ Exchange Earner's Foreign Currency 19. EFSF – European Financial Stability Facility 20. FEMA‐ Foreign Exchange Management Act 21. FII – Foreign Institutional Investor. 22. FINO‐ Financial Inclusion Network Operation 23. FIPB – Foreign Investment Promotion board 24. FSLRC – Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission 25. CRAR: Capital to Risk‐weighted Assets Ratio 26. SWIFT: Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication 27. DEAF: Depositor Education and Awareness Fund 28. NEFT ‐ National Electronic Funds Transfer 29. DICGC : Deposit insurance and credit guarantee corporation. 30. FCNR(B) ‐ Foreign Currency Non‐Resident Bank 31. LCR: Liquidity Coverage Ratio 32. IMPS: Interbank Mobile Payment Service 33. TARC ‐ Tax Administration Reform Commission 34. LRMT: Liquidity risk monitoring tools 35. ECB ‐ External Commercial Borrowings 36. MIBOR: Mumbai Inter‐Bank Offer Rate 37. LIBOR: London Inter‐Bank Offer Rate 38. LAF – Liquidity Adjustment Facility 39. GIRO ‐ Government Internal Revenue Order 40. FRBMA: Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act 41. AMFI‐ Association of Mutual Fund in India.

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42. TIEA – Tax Information exchange Agreement 43. FTA‐ Free trade agreement 44. GAAR ‐ General anti avoidance rule 45. GSLV ‐ Geo‐Synchronous Launch Vehicle 46. NCTC ‐ National Counter‐Terrorism Centre 47. NSG – Nuclear Suppliers Group 48. PPP – Public Private Partnership & Purchasing Power parity 49. PSLV – Polar Satellite Launch vehicle 50. TAPI ‐ Turkmenistan‐Afghanistan‐Pakistan‐India. 51. QFI ‐Qualified Foreign Investors 52. REER: Real Effective Exchange Rate

Some General Awareness Questions asked in SBI PO Exam: Below we have provided some General Awareness Questions which was asked in recent SBI PO 2014 Exam. These questions will be helpful in your SBI Clerk 2014 Exam.

1. Narendra Modi was sworn in as India: 15th PM

2. First White Label ATM 'Indicash' unveiled by: Tata

Communication Payment Solutions Ltd.

3. Anti‐Terrorism Day: 21 May

4. Inflation in India is measured in: CPI

5. Maximum allowable transaction limit at a time in case of

NEFT? – No limit

6. After its ten and half years service in orbit, on 1st April 2014 ISRO decommissioned which Communication Satellite: INSAT 3E

7. Winner of Thomas cup 2014: Japan

8. Youngest female climber in the world to scale Mount

Everest: Malavath Purna

9. Pulitzer Prize 2014 winner ‐Vijay Seshadri

10. Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013‐ Gulzar

11. Nuclear security summit held in: Hague (Netherland)

12. RuPay card developed by: National Payment

Corporation of India (NPCI)

13. Committee to review Governance of Boards of Banks in

India: PJ Nayak

14. Which satellite is launched by India in recent

month: IRNSS – 1B

15. Playing to win book author: Saina Nehwal

16. What is Stale Cheque: A cheque that’s date is past 3

months is considered stale and will often not be

honored for cash or deposit at a bank.

17. Who is new Army Chief of India: Lt. Gen Dalbir SinghSuhag

18. What is Bancassurance: the selling of life assurance and

other insurance products and services by banking


19. Cities where 10 Rs plastic notes will be introduced for

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field trial: Jaipur, Shimla, Bhubaneshwar, Mysore and


20. Flying test bed aircraft developed by HAL and handed


21. Second Indian firm to be featured in Forbes Global 2000

list: SBI (State Bank of India)

22. Finance Ministry directed all PSBs to maintain what %of

CASA: 40%

23. Author of Book: The Himalayan Face off: Shishir Gupta

24. At which rate reserve bank give loans to commercial

bank: Repo rate

25. Foreign currency exchanged rate is called: Forex rate or

Foreign Exchange rate

26. Who won national women football

championship: Manipu

27. APJ Abdul Kalam was awarded with Knighthood Award.

Knighthood Award was given in which field: awarded on

merit, for exceptional achievement or service.

28. World environment day celebrated on‐ 5th Jun

29. MICR code consists of _____ digits‐ 9 digits

30. What is the Name of Chief justice of India? – R M Lodha

31. Full form of SLR – Statuatory Liquidity Ratio

32. CRR is kept with‐ RBI

33. Which country changes their national flag recently: New Zealand 34. If liquidity exceeds what RBI will do ? – Increase the

Repo rates and subsequently all other rates will


35. World’s highest building‐ Burj khaleefa

36. Fastest mode of transfer ‐ through mobile mode

37. Minimum limit in RTGS – 2 Lakh

38. New Pakistan Envoy to India‐ Abdul Basit

39. Australian swimmer who under gone shoulder surgery –

Ian Thorpe

40. Ranbaxy is the company of – Sun Pharma

41. Which bank cannot issue certificate of deposit – RRB’s

and local area bank

42. What is term deposit ? – Fixed Deposits and Recurring


43. Fastest mode of transaction: RTGS

44. International Women’s day is celebrated on: 8th March

45. RBI measure to liquidate the market: Repo rate

46. Common Wealth Games 2014 will be held in: Glasgow,


47. Cadbury's India new name: Mondelez India Foods Ltd

48. IIFA International Entertainer: John Travolta

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49. Who is the chairman of TATA GROUP ‐ Cyrus Mistry

50. Full form of EFT: Electronic Fund Transfer

51. Alphanumeric code on cheque? Indian Financial System

Code (IFSC) is an alphanumeric code is printed on cheque. 52. Bank pays interest on savings account ? Daily Basis

53. Function of banking ombudsman? – to handle

grievances between bank and costumers.

54. Author who got Padmabhushan? Ruskin Bond

55. World Senior Snooker Women Champion: Chitra


56. Who won French open Men’s Title – Rafal Nadal

57. Name the leader of anti apartheid movement in who’s

honour award is being named: Nelson Mandela

58. CASA full form: Current Account Saving Account

59. G7 summit held in: Brussels (Belgium).

60. Former Indian captain in Mudgal committee: Sourav


61. . Maximum amount drawn through ATM in a day? – 50


62. From July 1st RBI instructed about ATM of ‐ talking

ATMs with Braille keypad

63. IPL‐7 final held in – Bangalore

64. .New bank license period ‐18months

65. Environmental award given to Ramesh Agarwal for: For

fight against coal mining in Chhattisgarh

66. . New bank licenses paid up capital‐500cr

67. New Lok Sabha Speaker‐ Sumithra Mahajan

68. Expand ECB‐ External commercial borrowings

69. In how many phase Lok Sabha elections were held: 9


70. Asian games after which country withdrawal India ready

to conduct? Vietnam

71. FCNR, NRI accounts can maintain with: Term Deposits

with 1 year and maximum term of 5 years.

72. Full forms PKI: Public Key Infrastructure

73. Expand ASBA: Application Supported by Blocked


74. Depositor Education and Awareness Fund (DEAF) is maintained with: RBI

75. Brand ambassador of national games: Sachin Tendulka

76. Commercial paper in multiples of: Rs.5 lakh or multiples


77. Aim of RBI to allow 10 years to open savings account: to

encourage children to start saving early

78. Kepler 8B is: the fifth of the first five exoplanets

discovered by NASA'

79. First women judge of Pakistan: Ashraf Jehan

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80. What is Brazuca: Brazuca is the official match ball of

the 2014 FIFA World Cup

81. Attorney general of India‐ Mukul Rohatgi

82. Cauvery river dispute committee‐Justice BS Chauhan

83. Runner Team of IPL 7 – Kings XI Punjab

84. Writer of God of Small Things: Arundhati Roy

85. Winner of Uber Cup 2014: China

86. Winner of 2014 Asian cricket award: MS Dhoni

87. Banking ombudsman officer is appointed by – RBI

88. Shiela Dixit is Governor of which state: Kerala

89. IPL spot fixing committee is headed by : Mukul Mudgal

90. Who is author is the book " 2 States": Chetan Bhagat

91. CTS Full Form: Cheque Truncation System

92. RBI was created under: Reserve Bank of India Act,


93. President of Indian Olympic association: N


94. Exchange of cash flow in different currency: Swap

95. Indian Oil plans to build Rs 30,000 crore refinery

at: Mundra, Gujarat

96. In BRICS, S denotes to which country: South Africa

97. Asset which stop performing after 90 days is known

as: Non Performing Asset

98. Highest Pollution State according to Census 2011: UP

(Uttar Pradesh)

99. TRAI full form: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

100. Kaiga Nuclear power plant in which state: Karnataka

101. Who is newly appointed deputy Governor – RK Gandhi

102. IBSA full form – India, Brazil, South Africa

Important Days Important Days in January

Jan 1 Army Medical Corps Establishment Day

Jan 8 African National Congress Foundation Day

Jan 10 World Laughter Day

Jan 9 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Jan 11 Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri

Jan 12 National youth Day (Birth Day of Swami Vivekanand)

Jan 15 Army Day

Jan 23 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's birth anniversary

Jan 25 International Customs Duty Day, India Tourism Day, Indian Voter Day

Jan 26 Republic Day

Jan 28 Birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

Jan 30 (Martyr's day) Mahatma Gandhi's Martyrdom Day; World Leprosy Eradication Day

Jan 31 World Leprosy Eradication Day

Inportant Days in February

Feb 2 World Wetlands Day

Feb 4 National Day of Srilanka

Feb 5 Kashmir Day (Organised by Pakistan)

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Feb 13 Sarojini Naidu's Birth Anniversary

Feb 14 St. Valentine's Day

Feb 24 Central Exise Day

Feb 28 National Science Day

Important Days in March

Mar 3 National Defence Day

Mar 4 National Security Day

Mar 8 International Women's Day

Mar 9 CISF Raising Day

Mar 12 Mauritius Day;Central Industrial Security Force Day

Mar 15 World Consumer Day

Mar 16 National Vaccination Day

Mar 21 World Forestry Day

Mar 22 World Day of Water

Mar 23 World Meterological Day

Mar 24 World TB Day

Mar 26 Bangaladesh Liberation Day

Important Days in April

April 1 Orissa Day

April 5 Natinal Meritime Day

April 7 World Health Day

April 13 Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre Day (1919)

April 14 B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day

April 18 World Heritage Day

April 22 World Earth Day

Important Days in May

May 1 International Labour Day, Maharashtra Day

May 8 International Red Cross Day (It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder

of the Red Cross Organization Jean Henry Dunant)

May 11 National Technology Day

May 15 International Family Day

May 17 World Telecom Day

May 24 Commonwealth Day

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Important Days in June

June 5 World Environment Day

June 8 World Oceans day

June 12 World Day Against Child Labour

June 14 World Blood Donor day

June 20 World Refugee Day

June 23 United Nations Public Service Day

June 26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 29 Statistics Day

Important Days in July

July 1 Doctor's Day

July 4 American Independence Day

July 11 World Population Day

July 18 Mandela Day

July 26 Kargil Victory Day

July 28 World Hepatitis Day

Important Days in August

Aug 6 Hiroshima Day

Aug 9 Quit India Movement Day

Aug 12 International youth Day

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Aug 14 Pakistan's Independence Day

Aug 15 India's Independence Day

Aug 19 World Photography Day

Aug 20 Sadbhavana Diwas

Aug 29 National Sports Day of India (Dhyanchand's Birth Day)

Aug 30 Small Industry Day

Important Days in September

Sept 5 Teacher's Day (Dr. Radhakrishnan's Birth Day)

Sept 7 Forgiveness Day

Sept 8 International Literacy Day

Sept 14 Hindi day,World First Aid Day

Sept 16 World Ozone Day

Sept 21 International Day of Peace, World Alzheimer's day

Sept 25 Social Justice Day

Sept 27 World Tourism Day

Important Days in October

Oct 1 International Day for the Elderly(UN)

Oct 2 Gandhi Jayanti, International Day of Non-Violence

Oct 3 World Nature Day, World Habitat Day

Oct 4 World Animal Day

Oct 5 World Teacher's Day

Oct 6 World Wildlife Day, World Food Security Day

Oct 8 Indian Airforce day

Oct 9 World Postal Day

Oct 10 World Mental Health day;National Post Day

Oct 12 World Sight day

Oct 13 World Calamty Control Day(UN)

Oct 14 World Standard Day

Oct 15 World White cane day(guiding the blind)

Oct 17 International poverty

Oct 20 National Solidarity Day (China attacked India on that day)

Oct 24 United Nations Day

Oct 30 World Thrift Day

Oct 31 National Integration Day (In memory of Idira Gandhi)

Important Days in November

Nov 7 Infant Protection day;World Cancer Awareness Day

Nov 9 Legal Service Day

Nov 10 Transport Day

Nov 14 Children's day/ World Diabetics day

Nov 17 Guru Nanak Dev's Birth Anniverrsary

Nov 26 Law Day

Nov 30 Flag Day

Important Days in December

Dec1 World AIDS Day

Dec 3 World Disability Day

Dec 4 Navy Day

Dec 7 Armed Force Flag Day

Dec 10 Human Rights day

Dec 11 UNICEF Day

Dec 14 National Energy Conservation Day

Dec 19 Goa's Liberation day

Dec 23 Kisan Divas (Farmer's Day)

Current RBI Policy & Reserve Rates:

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Repo Rate 8% (Unchanged)

Reverse Repo 7% (Unchanged)

CRR 4% (Unchanged)

SLR 22.5% (Changed)

MSF 9% (Unchanged)

Bank Rate 9% (Unchanged)

Note: As on 3 June 2014, RBI (Reserve Bank of India) in its Second bimonthly monetary policy statement kept the key policyrate (repo) unchanged. SLR was cut by 50 basis point from 23% to 22.5%. Current RBI Policy & Reserve Rates:

Repo Rate 8% (Unchanged)


Repo 7% (Unchanged) CRR 4% (Unchanged)

SLR 22.5% (Changed)

MSF 9% (Unchanged)

Bank Rate 9% (Unchanged)

Note: As on 3 June 2014, RBI (Reserve Bank of India) in its Second bimonthly monetary policy statement kept the key policy rate (repo) unchanged. SLR was cut by 50 basis point from 23% to 22.5%.

News related to RBI: 1. RBI permits NBFCs to work as Business Correspondents of banks: With a view to achieve financial inclusion, the Reserve Bank of India has allowed Non‐Banking Finance Companies to operate as Business Correspondents (BCs) of banks, permitting them to offer limited services. Banks will be allowed to work with non‐deposit taking NBFCs as BCs. Note: The RBI took into account recommendations of Nachiket Mor Committee while reviewing the existing guidelines on the appointment of BCs. 2. RBI to consider over Payment bank as recommended by Nachiket Mor Panel

i. The Reserve Bank of India will soon come up with India’s first payments bank, which will offer deposit and payment services but not provide loans. ii. This idea is in line with the recommendations made by the Nachiket Mor committee. The central bank sees huge potential for financial inclusion with focus on remittances by involving payment system product. 3. Provide information to SIT on black money: RBI directs banks and FIs

i. The RBI has asked all Banks and Financial Institutions (FIs) to provide information and documents sought by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to uncover black money. ii. The new Government at Centre recently constituted an SIT under the chairmanship of former Justice M.B. Shah in pursuance of a July 2011 Supreme Court judgment. 4. RBI simplifies KYC norms for opening bank account: Customers need to submit only one documentary proof of address — either current or permanent — while opening a bank account or while undergoing periodic updation, the Reserve Bank

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of India. “In case the address mentioned as per ‘proof of address’ undergoes a change, fresh proof of address may be submitted to the branch within six months,” the RBI said in a notification to banks. No proof is required to be submitted for such address for correspondence/local address,” the RBI added. However, this address may be verified by the bank through ‘positive confirmation’ such as acknowledgment of receipt of letter, cheque books, ATM cards; telephonic conversation; and visits. 5. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has received in‐principle approval from the Reserve Bank to open two new branches. The new branches will come up Gurgaon, NCR, and outer Bangalore. 6. RBI directive on foreign currency accounts: The Reserve Bank of

India has directed banks to: convert credit balances in any inoperative foreign currency (FC) denominated deposit into Indian rupee if the former remains not in use for three years

from the date of maturity of deposit.

7. RBI eases gold import norms; nod for select trading houses to procure from abroad : Under this scheme, an importer has to ensure that at least 20 per cent of every lot of imported gold is exclusively made available for export purpose. 8. RBI nod for bank loan tenure upto 10 years to boost export industry. In a major boost for the export industry, the RBI has allowed banks to provide loans with tenures of up to 10 years.These loans will help exporters in ensuring capital flows to fulfill long‐term contracts. Existing norms allow banks to give loans for up to one year only. 9. The Reserve Bank of India said banks should make all new

ATMs installed from July 1, 2014 as “talking ATMs” with Braille keypads. 10. Raghuram Rajan, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that plastic currency notes will be launched in 2015 after field trials.

11. RBI panel headed by ex‐Chairman of Axis Bank, P. J. Nayak recommend for diluting govt stake in public sector banks to below 50 %. The government should cut its holding in public sector banks to under 50 per cent, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) panel report on Tuesday said, criticising the way in which the lenders are now being governed. 12. Reserve Bank of India granted banking licences to infrastructure financing firm IDFC and

microfinance institution

Bandhan from among 25 applicants that included corporate heavyweights ADAG Group, Aditya Birla Group and Bajaj Group. Note: The in‐principle approval granted (to the two entities) will be valid for a period of 18 months

during which the applicants have to comply with the requirements under the guidelines and fulfil the other conditions as may be stipulated by the RBI. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh: CMD of Bandhan financial services

Dr. Rajiv B. Lall: Chairman of IDFC – Infrastructure Finance Company.

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13. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued the guidelines to allow the minors of age above 10 years to independently open and operate savings bank accounts and use other facilities like ATM and cheque books. 14. RBI extended the timeline for full implementation of Basel III norms 31 March 2019 instead of 31 March 2018. 15. RBI in consultation with Union Government on 1 April 2014 capped the Ways and Means Advances (WMA) limits for the first half of the new financial year 2014‐15 (April 2014‐Sep 2014) at 35000 crore rupees.

Note: The interest rate on WMA/overdraft will be based on: a) WMA: Repo Rate. b) Overdraft: Two percent above the Repo Rate 16. RBI extends date of exchanging pre‐2005 notes to Jan 1, 2015

Note: The Reserve Bank has further clarified that the public can continue to freely use these notes for any transaction. RBI has said that people can unhesitatingly receive these notes in payment, as all such notes continue to remain legal tender. 17. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiked the trade related remittance limit from 2 lakh rupees to 5

lakh rupees per transaction with immediate effect. It also increased the number of transaction handled by exchange houses. 18. KC Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, has quit three months ahead of completion of his term. 19. RBI pegged 2014‐15 GDP growth at a central estimate of 5.5 percent.

20. Economic growth for 2014‐15 expected at 5.5 pc.

21. CAD expected to come down to 2 pc of GDP in 2014‐15.

22. Retail inflation expected to be under 6 pc in 2014.

23. RBI panel headed by RBI Deputy Governor Anand Sinha has recommended bringing a benchmark floating interest rate, especially for home loans. Panel also suggested Indian Banks Base Rate (IBBR).

24. The deadline for switching to new format bank cheques under the Cheque Truncation System (CTS) ended on 30 April 2014. 25. RBI scraps 26% cap on interest rate for MFIs: (RBI) removed 26 per cent cap on the interest rate that can be charged by a microfinance company to its borrowers. MFI is allowed to charge interest rate equal to 2.75 times the average of the base rates of the top five commercial banks. 26. RBI permits 4 non‐bank entities to set up white label ATMs: The Reserve Bank has issued ‘certificate of authorisation’ to four non‐bank entities: (1) Tata Communications Payment Solutions

(2) Muthoot Finance,

(3) Prizm Payment Services and

(4) Vakrangee Ltd. , to set up White Label ATMs (WLAs) in the country.

Note: Most of the ATMs belong to banks, but the cash dispensing machines which are owned and operated by non‐banking companies are called White Label ATMs. 27. RBI permits Srei to roll out white label ATMs: Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll‐out of its while label

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ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier‐III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 28. The expert committee headed by Urjit R. Patel, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India examine the current monetary policy framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suggested that the apex bank should adopt the new CPI (consumer price index) as the measure of the nominal anchor for policy communication. The nominal anchor or the target for inflation should be set at 4 per cent with a band of +/‐ 2 per cent around it.

29. Ex‐Chairman of Axis Bank, P. J. Nayak is the head of the expert panel to review bank

boards’ governance. The panel will review the RBI's regulatory guidelines on ownership of banks and representation in their boards, among other things. 30. The Reserve Bank of India has raised the Foreign Institutional Investors, FIIs investment limit in the Power Grid Corporation to 30 per cent of its paid up capital, under the Portfolio Investment Scheme.

31. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has doubled the sub‐limit for foreign investment in government

securities, to USD 10

billion by long‐term investors. RBI's move is aimed to attract more foreign funds. Investors like sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), multilateral agencies, insurance funds, pension funds and foreign central banks are considered as long term investors. 32. RBI relaxes gold loan norms: The Reserve Bank of India has allowed Non‐Banking Financial Companies, NBFCs to lend up to 75 per cent of the value of gold. It was 60 per cent earlier.

33. RBI panel (headed by banker Nachiket Mor) has suggested setting up of specialised banks to cater to low income households to ensure that all citizens have bank accounts by 2016. 34. The RBI‐appointed committee on financial inclusion has recommended that the central bank should set up specialised banks called Payments Bank to provide payment services and deposit products to small businesses and low‐income households. The committee, headed by Nachiket Mor, said that since the new bank will be dealing with poor customers, such a bank must be allowed to accept a maximum deposit of not more than Rs 50,000. 35. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had set up a panel under executive director Deepak Mohanty to review the current system of data collection, dissemination and data management processes in the central bank and improve the existing mechanism.

Highlights of Union Budget 2014: 1. Fiscal deficit target for 2014‐15 at 4.1% of GDP and 3.6 for 2015‐16 and 3% for 2016‐17

2. Revenue Deficit seen at 2.9% for FY15

3. Aim to achieve 7‐8 per cent economic growth rate in next 3‐4 years: FM

4. Committed for growth of agriculture at the rate of 4 per cent.

5. Defence FDI cap raised to 49% from 26% at present

6. Exemption limits on income tax from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh.

7. For senior citizens, the exemption on income has been raised to Rs. 3 lakh per annum.

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8. Tax‐free cap on home loan interest from Rs. 1.5 to Rs. 2 lakh.

9. No change in Income tax rates and slab .

10. Annual PPF ceiling to be enhanced to Rs 1.5 lakh, from Rs 1 lakh

11. Women Safety:

i. Outlay of Rs. 50 crores for a pilot scheme on road safety

ii. Another 150 crores to be spent by MHA on safety on women in larger cities

iii. 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana' ‐ 100 crores

12. Rs 3600 cr set aside for National Rural Drinking Water: FM

13. Rural housing: Rs 8000 crore for national housing banking programme

14. Metro rails in PPP mode; Rs. 100 cr set aside for metro scheme in Ahmadabad and Lucknow

15. Each year government will be adding AIIMS to ensure there is an AIIMS in every state: Jaitley

16. Rs 100 crores to set up virtual classrooms.

17. Rs 500 crores for setting up 5 more IIMs and IITs

18. FM Proposes to enhance the scope of income tax settlement commission

19. Rs 7,060 crore allocated for building new cities

20. Rs 200 crores credit scheme for start‐ups by those from scheduled castes and tribes

21. 15 Braille press to come up.

22. Currency note with Braille‐like signs

23. Minimum pension of Rs.1000 per month to all PP schemes.

24. Rs 50,548 cr proposed for SC development

25. Bharat Swach Yojna proposed for hygiene and cleanliness.

26. Rs. 200 crore for Statue of Unity, a statue of Sardar Patel in


27. Rs. 1000 cr for irrigation plan named Pradhan mantri krishi

sichayin yojana.

28. e‐visa for nine cities.

29. Rs. 7060 cr for creating smart cities.

30. Assam and Jharkhand to get Centre of Excellence on farming

31. Rs. 100 crores for modernization of Madrasas

32. Jaitley announces Skill India, a programme to train youth for jobs

33. Rural housing: Rs 8000 crores for national housing banking programme

34. Senior Citizens Pension Plan Extended Till August 2015

35. Rs. 500 crore for price stabilization fund.

36. 100 soil testing laboratories across the country.

37. Agriculture University in AP and Rajasthan, and Horticulture University in Haryana, Telangana; Rs. 200 cr set aside 38. An AIIMS will be created in every state.

39. All six new AIIMS are functional. Four more AIIMS under consideration. 12 more medical colleges will be added. Rs. 500 crore allocated for this. 40. Govt allocates Rs 500 cr for Internet connectivity in villages

41. Crisis Management Center for women at Delhi

42. Start up village at Rs 100 crore to promote entrepreneurship among rural youth.

43. Rs. 14,389 crores for PM Sadak Yojana

44. Rs 200 crore allocated to set up six textiles clusters

Highlights of Economic Survey Report 2013‐14

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The Economic Survey for 2013‐14 tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ‐ prepared by senior economic advisor Ila Patnaik ‐ on the state of Asia's third‐largest economy a day before Modi's new government presents its first budget. Following are highlights of the report:

Growth: GDP growth seen at 5.4 ‐ 5.9 percent in 2014/15

ii. Economic growth of 7‐8 percent not seen before 2016/17

Fiscal Health: Fiscal deficit for 2013‐14 contained at 4.5% of the GDP

Current Account Deficit: 2014/15 current account deficit may be contained to around $45 billion

or to 2.1 percent of


Taxation: Direct Taxes Code (DTC) required to replace existing income tax laws; will reduce

compliance costs and boost tax collection

Agriculture: i. India ranks first in the world in productivity of grapes, banana,

cassava, peas, and papaya ii. Agriculture sector growth rate 4.7% in the year 2013‐14

iii. Agriculture exports grow by 5.1% in the year 2013‐14

iv. Exports of marine products show a growth rate of 45% in the year 2013‐14

Services: i. India ranked 12th in terms of services GDP among the world’s top 15

countries. ii. India has the second fastest growing services sector with its CAGR at 9.0 percent, just below


iii The growth rate of the combined category of trade, hotels, restaurants, transport, storage, and communications decelerated to 3.0 percent iv. Financing, insurance, real estate, and business services grew robustly at 12.9 percent

v. Services constitute a 57 percent share in GDP at factor cost in 2013‐14

Highlights of Railway Budget 2014‐15: Key Points:

Bullet train on Mumbai‐Ahmadabad Sector

Diamond quadrilateral for high speed trains.

Plan to hike speed of trains to 160‐200 km/hr in 9 sectors.

Online booking to support 7,200 tickets/minute; to allow 1.2 lakh users log in simultaneously.

Women RPF Constables to escort ladies coaches; 4,000 women constables to be inducted.

Battery operated cars for differently‐abled and senior citizens at major stations.

Food can be ordered through SMS, phone; Food courts at major stations.

Cleanliness budget up by 40 percent over last year.

Setting up of corpus fund for stations' upkeep; RO drinking water at stations and trains.

Automatic door closing in mainline and sub‐urban coaches.

Wi‐Fi in A‐1, A category stations and in select trains.

Loss per passenger per kilometre up from 10p (in 2000‐01) to 23p (2012‐13).

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Solar energy to be tapped at major stations.

Highest ever plan outlay of Rs 65,455 crore for 2014‐15.

Expenditure in 2014‐15 pegged at Rs 149,176 crore.

FDI Limits… List of Limits in Various Sectors (In %)

1. Defence Raised to 49% from26%

2. Pension 49

3. Insurance 49

4. Print Media 26

5. Civil Aviation 49

6. Public Sec. Banks 20

7. Private Sec. Banks 74

8. Multi Brand 51

9. Single Brand 100

10. Tourism 100

India GDP Forecast: RBI pegged 2014‐15 GDP growth at a central estimate of 5.5 %

World Bank lowers India’s GDP growth forecast for 2014‐15 at 5.5 % from the earlier forecast of 5.7

per cent.

ADB pegs India GDP growth rate for 2014‐15 at 5.5 %

IMF projected GDP growth for India in 2014‐15 at ‐ 5.4 %

India ranking in different Indexes for 2013 ‐ 14: 1. Global Environment Performance Index 2014 – 155

2. Intellectual property (IP) environment 2014 – 25 (US ranked on the top followed by UK and France)

3. World Press Freedom Index 2014 ‐ 140 in the list of 180 countries

4. World's best countries for doing business 2014 – 134

5. Global Peace Index 2014 – 143

6. Global Hunger Index 2013 ‐ 63

7. World Prosperity Index 2013 – 106.

8. Human Development Report 2013 – 136

9. Global Corruption Index 2013 – 94

10. Global Competitiveness Index 2013 ‐60 for 2013 (Switzerland top in this report)

Important Points: 1. About IFSC (Indian Financial System Code): Indian Financial System Code is an alpha‐numeric code that uniquely identifies a bank‐branch participating in the NEFT system. ii. This is an 11 digit code with the first 4 alpha characters representing the bank, The 5th character is 0 (zero).and the last 6 characters representing the bank branch. iii. IFSC is used by the NEFT system to identify the originating / destination banks / branches and also to route the messages appropriately to the concerned banks / branches. For ex: SBIN0015986 :

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i. First 4 character SBIN – refers to State Bank of India.

ii. 0 is a control number.

iii. last six characters (015986) represents the SBI branch Jail Road, Hari Nagar New Delhi.

2. About MICR : MICR stands for Magnetic Ink Character Recognition. MICR Code is a 9 numeric digit code which uniquely identifies a bank branch participating in the ECS Credit scheme. MICR code consists of 9 digits e.g


i. First 3 digits represent the city (400)

ii. Next 3 digits represent the bank (229)

iii. Last 3 digits represent the branch (128) The MICR Code allotted to a bank branch is printed on the MICR band of cheque leaves issued by bank branches. 3. About Cheque Truncation:

i. Truncation is the process of stopping the flow of the physical cheque issued by a drawer at some point with the presenting bank en‐route to the drawee bank branch. ii. In its place an electronic image of the cheque is transmitted to the drawee branch by the clearing house, along with relevant information like data on the MICR band, date of presentation, presenting bank, etc. iii. Cheque Truncation speeds up the process of collection of cheques resulting in better service to customers, reduces the scope for clearing‐related frauds or loss of instruments in transit, lowers the cost of collection of cheques, and removes reconciliation‐related and logistics‐related problems, thus benefitting the system as a whole. 4. Bancassurance: The sale of insurance and other similar products through a bank. This can help the consumer in some situations; for example, when a bank requires life insurance for those receiving a mortgage loan the consumer could purchase the insurance directly from the bank. 5. About Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006:

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme enables an expeditious and

inexpensive forum to bank customers for resolution of complaints relating to certain services rendered by banks.

The Banking Ombudsman is a senior official appointed by the

Reserve Bank of India to redress customer complaints against deficiency in certain banking services.

All Scheduled Commercial Banks, Regional Rural Banks and

Scheduled Primary Co‐operative Banks are covered under the Scheme. Other Important Points:

The complainant can be filed by one’s authorized representative

(other than an advocate).

The Banking Ombudsman does not charge any fee for filing

and resolving customers’ complaints.

The amount, if any, to be paid by the bank to the complainant by

way of compensation for any loss suffered by the complainant is limited to the amount arising directly out of the act or omission

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of the bank or Rs 10 lakhs, whichever is lower.

The Banking Ombudsman may award compensation not

exceeding Rs 1 lakh to the complainant only in the case of complaints relating to credit card operations for mental agony and harassment.

If a complaint is not settled by an agreement within a period of

one month, the Banking Ombudsman proceeds further to pass an award. Before passing an award, the Banking Ombudsman provides reasonable opportunity to the complainant and the bank, to present their case.

If one is not satisfied with the decision passed by the Banking Ombudsman, one can approach the

appellate authority against the Banking Ombudsmen’s decision. Appellate Authority is vested with a Deputy Governor of

the RBI.

If one is aggrieved by the decision, one may, within 30 days of the date of receipt of the award,

appeal against the award before the appellate authority.

The appellate authority may, if he/ she is satisfied that the applicant had sufficient cause for not

making an application for appeal within time, also allow a further period not exceeding 30 days. 6. About (BASIC SAVING BANK DEPOSIT ACCOUNT): Under the guidelines issued on August 10, 2012 by RBI: Any individual, including poor or those from weaker section of the society, can open zero balance account in any bank. BSBDA guidelines are applicable to "all scheduled commercial banks in India, including foreign banks having branches in India". All the accounts opened earlier as 'no‐frills' account should be renamed as BSBDA. Banks are required to convert the existing 'no‐frills' accounts’ into 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts'. The 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account' should be considered as a normal banking service available to all customers, through branches . The aim of introducing 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account' is very much part of the efforts of RBI for furthering Financial Inclusion objectives. Main Points of the BSBDA:

i. An individual is eligible to have only one 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account' in one bank.

ii. Holders of 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account' will not be eligible for opening any other savings account in that bank. If a customer has any other existing savings account in that bank, he / she will be required to close it within

30 days from the date of opening a 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account'. Note: While opening the BSBDA customers’ consent in writing be obtained that his existing non‐BSBDA Savings Banks accounts will be closed after 30 days of opening BSBDA and banks are free to close such accounts after 30 days. iii. One can have Term/Fixed Deposit, Recurring Deposit etc., accounts in the bank where one holds 'Basic Savings Bank

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Deposit Account'. iv. Banks are advised not to impose restrictions like age and income criteria of the individual for opening BSBDA. v. There is no requirement for any initial deposit for opening a BSBDA.

vi. Banks should offer the ATM Debit Cards free of charge and no Annual fee should be levied on such Cards. vii. In BSBDA, banks are required to provide free of charge minimum four withdrawals, through ATMs and other mode including RTGS/NEFT/Clearing/Branch cash withdrawal/transfer/internet debits/standing instructions/EMI etc vii. The Uniform rate of interest rates set by individual banks are applicable on the domestic savings deposit will be determined on the basis of end‐of‐day balance in the account. viii. The normal saving bank account can be converted into BSBDA at the request of customer. BSBDA‐Small Accounts would be subject to the following


i. Total credits in such accounts should not exceed 1 lakh rupees in a year.

ii. Maximum balance in the account should not exceed 50,000 Rs at any time

iii. The total of debits by way of cash withdrawals and transfers will not exceed 10,000 rupees in a


iv. Foreign remittances cannot be credited to Small Accounts without completing normal KYC formalities v. Small accounts are valid for a period of 12 months initially which may be extended by another 12 months if the person provides proof of having applied for an Officially Valid Document. vi. Small Accounts can only be opened at CBS linked branches of banks or at such branches where it is possible to manually monitor the fulfillments of the conditions.

News Related to Banking & Finance 1. A panel headed by former Economic Advisor to Prime Minister, C Rangarajan sets poverty line at Rupees 32 per day in rural areas and Rupees 47 in Urban areas. He also said that the number of poor in India was much higher in 2011‐12 at 29.5 per cent of the population, which means that three out of 10 persons are poor. The Rangarajan Committee was set up last year to review the Tendulkar Committee methodology for estimating poverty and clear the ambiguity over the number of poor in the country. 2. ICICI Bank leaves behind HDFC Bank as biggest private bank employer: ICICI Bank has overtaken its competitor HDFC in terms of employee number with addition of over 10,000 jobs in the last fiscal. With this, ICICI has emerged as the biggest employer in the private banking space with more than 72,000 employees. 3. Performance ratings of Banks’ customer services to be made public from 2015: From 2015, performance ratings of Banks on customer services will be put in public domain by Banking Codes Standards Board of India (BCSBI). BCSBI is rating banks on customer services on 5 parameters:

i. Information dissemination ii. Transparency iii. Customer‐centricity

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iv. Grievance redressal system v. Customer feedback.

4. National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) and the Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly implement schemes for the promotion of farm producer organisations (FPOs). 5. The World Bank Group (WBG) has granted GNRC, which was formerly known as Guwahati Neurological Research Centre a grant of $150,000. 6. Bank of Maharashtra was conferred “Best Bank – Public Sector” award in BFSI Awards‐2014 by

World HRD Congress in

recognition of its performance in Banking category, the bank said in a statement.

7. Mayaram Committee’s definitions of FDI, FII accepted by the Government of India. The Government of India has accepted the report of Mayaram Committee thereby accepting the definitions of FII and FDI. Some key points from Mayaram Committee Report:

i. Foreign investment of 10% or more in a listed company will now be treated as FDI.

ii. An investor may be allowed to invest below 10% and this can be treated as FDI subject to the condition that the FDI stake is raised to 10% or beyond within one year from the date of the first purchase. iii. If the stake is not raised to 10% or above, then the investment can be treated as portfolio


iv. Foreign Portfolio Investors include Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs). v. Foreign investment in an unlisted company, irrespective of the threshold limit, may be treated as FDI. 8. State Bank of India has partnered with payments service provider, Ezetap Mobile Solutions, to deploy mobile point‐ofsale (mPOS) solution. The SBI‐Ezetap platform would allow the bank to provide value‐added services for merchants and consumers from a single, secure POS device and application. 9. SEBI has issued new norms for public issuance of debt securities under which such offers have to be

of minimum Rs 100

crore, while issuers would need to make additional disclosures and attain atleast 75 per cent subscription. 10. Subhalakshmi Panse, former CMD of Allahabad Bank, has joined the board of Federal Bank as an Independent Director. 11. World Bank lower forecast Growth Rate for developing countries to 4.8% from 5.3 %.

12. ICICI Bank has launched co‐branded card with DMRC. It can be your credit/debit card, and offers the benefit of 10 per cent discount that the DMRC smart card offers. 13. Export‐Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU)

with the Indian Council

of Cultural Relations (ICCR) for establishment of a Chair for financial management in Lagos Business School, Nigeria. 14. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has reduced the interest rate on its long‐term refinance facility to banks by 20 basis points to promote investments in agriculture. The new rates will be 9.5

per cent (9.7 per

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cent earlier) for 5 years and above and 9.7 per cent (9.9 per cent earlier) for 3‐5 years.

15. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been appointed on the Board of Governors of Philippines‐based Asian Development Bank (ADB). 16. Exim Bank has extended USD 46 million line of credit to Mauritius for financing goods and defence related vehicles purchases. 17. World Bank has signed an agreement with the government to provide a loan assistance of USD

1,006.20 million for Sarva

Shiksha Abhiyan III, which is the largest ongoing "Education for All" programme in the world.

18. FICCI and IDBI signed an MoU for easy access to organised finance facility at competitive interest rates for micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME). 19. India recently launched its own payment gateway 'RuPay', equivalent of Visa and Mastercard, which will work on ATMs and merchant outlets and help in reducing cash transactions. Note: i. RuPay, which works on three channels ‐‐ ATMs, Point of Sales (POS) and online sales, is the seventh such payment gateway in the world. ii. The RuPay platform ‐‐ developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)‐‐ is being used by certain banks like ICICI, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, among others, for clearing and settlement. 20. India became third‐largest economy in 2011 from 10th in 2005: World Bank.

21. Note: India emerged as the world’s third‐largest economy in 2011 from being the 10th largest in 2005, moving ahead of Japan, while the US remained the largest economy closely followed by China, latest figures have revealed. 22. Govt accepts Sahoo panel report on review of depository receipts scheme. The key recommendations of the committee include allowing issuance of depository receipts against any underlying securities — equity or debt, by any issuer ‐ listed or unlisted. Note: Depository receipts are receipts denominated in foreign currency created by a depository in the country of listing. There are two popular types of depository receipts — global depository receipts and American depository receipts. 23. ING Vysya Life Insurance Company Ltd has become Exide Life Insurance Company. The insurance company will continue to honour its commitments and obligations under the insurance policies issued to customers in the name of ING Vysya Insurance Company Ltd. 24. Switzerland and Norway are the world's most expensive economies, followed by Bermuda, Australia and Denmark, according to a new ranking by the World Bank 25. Basel Committee issued Final standards to curb exposures of banks to customers. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision on 15 April 2014 issued Final standards for measuring and controlling large exposures of banks to customers. These standards will take effect from 1 January 2019

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26. Bank of India (BOI) has become the first Indian bank to extend a bridge loan of $200 million to Air India to finance the purchase of two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 27. India leads global remittances with USD 70 bn in 2013. India's neighbour China follows second with USD 60 billion, said the World Bank report 28. World Trade Organisation (WTO) projected that the world trade will grow by 4.7 percent in 2014.

29. The World Bank give loan Pakistan 12 billion dollars over the next five years to help lift its economy, 30. Qatar based Doha Bank announced it’s First branch in Mumbai. The branch in Mumbai will be opened as a full‐fledged bank in May 2014. Note: Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Bank are the two other banks from Arab countries to have operations in India before Doha bank. 31. Bank of India (BOI) launched Instant Money Transfer (IMT) scheme in Mumbai.

Note: IMT scheme allows customers to withdraw cash without using either debt card or credit card at BoI's IMT‐enabled ATMs. This is the first‐of‐its‐kind initiative launched by a public sector bank. 32. Export‐Import Bank of India extended a Line of Credit of $89.90 million to the Government of Republic of Congo, for development of transportation system in the Republic of Congo. 33. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. Central Bank had a 5 per cent stake in CIBIL while Transunion is the majority shareholder in CIBIL at 27.5 per cent. 34. Canara Bank names cricketer Shikhar Dhawan as its brand ambassador.

35. Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank set World record for Blood collection in a single day. The blood donation camp organised by HDFC Bank on 6 December 2013 was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. 36. The World Bank has said it would provide up to $3 billion in aid for Ukraine in 2014 to help the country deliver muchneeded economic reforms. 37. Bihar emerges as fastest growing state (15.05 per cent) in 2012‐13: CSO Report.

Note: According to the CSO data, Gujarat ranked 6th with growth rate at 7.96 per cent, behind Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with 9.89 per cent, Goa 8.47 per cent, Kerala 8.24 per cent and Odisha 8.09 per cent. The all‐India growth rate in 2012‐13 was 4.47 per cent. 38. The Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, BBK, plans to expand its operations in India by opening its fourth branch in the country in New Delhi. 39. Interest rate on Post Office FDs increased by up to 0.2 per cent from 8.2 percent to 8.4


40. India’s 1st post office savings bank ATM inaugurated in Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai.

41. SEBI approved the new Corporate Governance norms. The new corporate governance norms would become applicable for all listed companies with effect from 1 October 2014.

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42. Retirement fund body EPFO decided to increase the rate of interest on Provident Fund deposits to

8.75 percent from 8.5 percent. 43. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has sanctioned Rs 348.63 crore to Karnataka under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). 44. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided $400 million first tranche line of credit to India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) to help accelerate infrastructure growth through increased private sector investment. 45. Asian Development Bank will provide USD 275 million loan for improving rural road connectivity in five states including Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal in the country. 46. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) and SBI Cards have joined hands for roll‐out of credit cards to customers of India’s first women‐focused commercial bank 47. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB), the first all‐women bank, tied with New India Assurance to launch health insurance products for women account holders of the bank. 48. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) and RBI concluded an agreement that expands the maximum amount of the bilateral swap arrangement (BSA) between the two countries to USD 50 billion.

Note: BOJ Governor is Haruhiko Kuroda and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan

49. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has reduced refinance rate for banks and other lending agencies by 0.20 per cent to promote rural credit and rural infrastructure. Note: The revised rate of interest on refinance for a period of five years for commercial, state cooperative, regional rural and primary urban cooperative banks will be 9.70 per cent, down from 9.90 per cent.

50. SEBI grants new status to three clearing corporations to National Securities Clearing Corporation, Indian Clearing Corporation and MCX‐SX Clearing Corporation. 51. World Bank will provide $250 million loan to construct disaster resilient houses and roads in disaster‐hit Uttarakhand. 52. World Bank will provide $500 million loan for water supply and

sanitation projects in the rural areas of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand

and Uttar Pradesh.

53. World Bank will provide 50 million dollar assistance to

Afghanistan to support the government's efforts to improve access to credit for micro, small and medium enterprises.

Important Committees in News: 1. Nachiket Mor Committee: to permits NBFCs to work as Business Correspondents of banks. 2. Deepak Mohanty Committee: on Data and Information Management in the Reserve Bank of India 3. K.K. Mehrotra Committee: to inquire gas leakage in Bhilai Steel Plant. 4. PJ Nayak: to review Governance of Boards of Banks in India. The committee was constituted under the chairmanship of P. J. Nayak.

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He is a former Chairman and CEO of Axis Bank. 5. M P Bezbaruah: to suggest suitable remedial measures to address concerns regarding security of people from North East. 6. B. Sambamurthy: panel favours single mobile banking app on all SIMs. Panel recommended that customers should not be required to visit the bank branch for mobile number registration. 7. Vijay Kelkar Committee was appointed by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to prepare a road map to make India self‐sufficient in oil and natural gas by 2030. 8. Vishnu Sahay committee: look probe into the Muzaffarnagar communal violence.

9. Urjit Patel Committee ‐ to examine the current monetary policy framework

10. Mukul Mudgal member panel to probe IPL spot‐fixing

11. Nachiket Mor ‐ committee on comprehensive financial services for small businesses and low‐income households. 12. Justice A.P. Shah committee : to head panel on road safety

13. Anil Kaushal committee: to examine the recommendations made by the TRAI on pricing of Spectrum. 14. Bimal Jalan panel : to scrutinize applications for new bank licenses.

15. Parthasarathi Shome. – for Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC), Suggest a system to enforce better tax compliance 16. Kirit Parikh panel : on fuel pricing has suggested that the diesel prices should be increased by Rs 1‐1.50 a litre every month as against the 45‐50 paise monthly hike followed currently. 17. K U.B. Rao : the idea of setting up Bullion Bank or Bullion Corporation of India

18. Arvind Mayaram Panel: report on the alleged irregularities at the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) 19. Arvind Mayaram Committee –for giving clear definitions to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

and Foreign Institutional

Investment (FII)

20. Suma Verma Committee ‐ to update, and revise the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006

21. Damodran Committee: on improvement of customer services in banks

22. Shri M. Narasimham Committee: on Banking Sector Reforms

23. Shri Raghuram Rajan Committee: on Financial Sector Reforms,

24. Shri B. Mahapatra Committee: to review the existing prudential guidelines on restructuring of advances by banks/financial institutions 25. Shri Aditya Puri Committee: Dissemination of Credit Information

26. Shri K.U.B. Rao Committee: recommended aligning gold import regulations

27. K M Chandrasekhar committee : for rationalization of foreign investment norms

28. Shri Pulak Kumar Sinha Committee: to study the feasibility of Aadhaar as an additional factor for authentication of card present transactions 29. Mukul Mudgal Committee: looking into US giant Walmart's lobbying activities to enter India

30. MBN Rao Committee: to prepare the blueprint of India’s first women’s bank

Important News (India & World): 1. In terms of GDP, India's economy is 10th biggest: World Bank ‐ After growing at an average annual rate of just over 6

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per cent from 1980 to 2010, India’s economy is now the 10th biggest in the world in terms of gross domestic product, according to the World Bank. 2. FIFA suspended Nigeria from all international football competitions with immediate effect. Nigeria was suspended on account of government interference in running Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). 3. Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Japan’s southern main island.

4. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 180 million dollars loan to help Nepal overcome its crippling power shortages and export surplus power to neighboring India. 5. By 2030, India to become 3rd largest economy: PwC ‐ As per the latest estimates by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), India will become the third largest economy in the world by 2030. According to the London‐based accountancy giant, the rapid rise of the Indian economy with its young workforce would thrust it up from being the 10th largest economy in 2013 to the 3rd largest by 2030, pushing the UK back into 6th place. 6. Indian nurses return home through Special Air India flight ‐ About a month long ordeal of 46 nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, ended as they returned home by a special Air India flight. The suffering for these nurses who were working at a hospital in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, began when ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria) militants launched an offensive in that region on June 9, 2014. 7. PM Modi opens Katra‐Udhampur rail link ‐ Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25 km‐long Katra‐ Udhampur railway line in Jammu. The rail link will connect the base camp town of Katra directly with the rest of the country and facilitate millions of devotees who visit the Vaishno Devi shrine every year. 8. Bor Wildlife Sanctuary: India’s 47th Tiger Reserve: As per the notification of Environment Ministry, Maharashtra’s Bor Wildlife Sanctuary will become the country’s 47th Tiger Reserve with an aim to bolster the conservation efforts of the national animal. 9. President Pranab Mukherjee joined the social networking platform Twitter with his account @RashtrapatiBhvn. He has become the first serving president of India to join Twitter. 10. France announced to provide one billion Euros (8200 crore rupees) line of credit over a three years period to India. The announcement was made by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who is on a visit to India.

11. First Aid Post inaugurated at Shastri Bhawan. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated a First Aid Post at Shastri Bhawan in the National Capital. 12. India became the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind and visually impaired. 13. Union Government granted Navratna status to Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and National

Buildings Construction

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Corporation (NBCC).

14. Poland’s Wroclaw city will be the World Book Capital (WBC) for 2016.

Note: Nigeria’s Port Harcourt is the WBC for 2014 while South Korea’s Incheon city named for 2015.

15. Ancient Pyu Cities became the first site from Myanmar inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List. The Ancient Pyu Cities include three cities Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra. 16. Swiss Money: India has moved up to 58th rank in terms of foreign money lying with Swiss banks.

Note: The UK has retained its top position with highest share of close to 20 per cent of global wealth in Swiss banking system, followed by the US, West Indies, Germany and Guernsey in the top‐five in terms of exposure to banks in Switzerland. 17. India ranked 143rd in Global Peace Index out of 162 countries.

Note: Iceland tops the list as the world's most peaceful place and Syria is the most violent place in the world. 18. India’s first One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) named Gauravi launched in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

19. Militants captured Iraq's largest oil refinery Baiji refinery. The Baiji refinery is located in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad in Iraq. 20. Global skin care giant Nivea announced to set up its first ever manufacturing plant in India at

Sanand near Ahemdabad.

21. Air India has formally become part of the global airlines’ grouping, Star Alliance

22. Britain's premium luxury goods brand East India Company has issued an exclusive legal tender gold coin worth 12,000 pound sterling in honour of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

23. India has become a permanent Signatory to Washington Accord which will enable global recognition of Indian degrees in engineering and technical education. With this, India has joined a select group of 17 countries that are permanent signatories to the Accord. Note: It is an international agreement amongst prominent nations with the charter of promoting mobility and quality assurance of engineers across international boundaries. 24. Kochi has won this year’s ‘best city award’ from news channel CNBC Awaaz.

25. India announced a new liberal visa policy for nationals of Afghanistsan on humanitarian grounds. 26. The United States named a mountain in Antarctica as Mt. Sinha to honour an eminent Indian‐

American scientist, Akhouri


27. Orkut! Google to shut down website on Sept 30: Orkut, Google’s first social networking site, will cease to exist after September with the Internet giant deciding to shut down the service launched 10 years ago. 28. Social media giant Facebook launched latest messaging app Slingshot.

29. Delhi Government announced that Delhi has become the first kerosene‐free city in the country.

30. Dhoni ranked 22nd in Forbes' world’s highest paid athletes list. The list topped by American boxer

Floyd Mayweather and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 31. Lithuania to become 19th country to adopt Euro as currency from 1 January 2015. It will become the 19th member of the

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euro zone out of 28 countries in the European Union, and the last of the Baltic states to join. Note: Estonia was the first Baltic state to become a member of the eurozone in 2011,

followed by Latvia on 1 January 2014. Lithuania Capital: Vilnius, President: Dalia Grybauskaitė, Prime Minister: Algirdas


32. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly joined the Supreme Court‐appointed Mudgal committee, which is probing the IPL betting and spot‐fixing scandal, as an expert on cricketing affairs. 33. Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India and TRS supremeo K Chandrasekhar

Rao (KCR) was sworn in

as its first Chief Minister. ESL Narasimhan was sworn in as the first Governor of Telangana.

34. Madhya Pradesh government has appointed actor Madhuri Dixit as the brand ambassador for

its Mamta Abhiyaan (maternal and child health) campaign. 35. India is among the world's top five nations in concentrated solar power (CSP) technology capacity rankings topped by the US, according to a new report. Note: India is placed fourth, ahead of China, in the rankings recently released in a report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21 Century (Ren21), an international multi‐policy stakeholder network that promotes rapid global transition to renewable energy. 36. India became the second largest exporter of textiles in the world. This was revealed by the recent data released by UN Comtrade in Global Textiles as well as Apparel Exports. 37. India was elected for a second time to a UNESCO body, tasked with the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. India won the election by a resounding 135 votes against a total of 142 votes cast by member states present at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Note: This is the second time that India has been elected to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the earlier term being from 2006‐2010 38. The government has proposed to raise Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defence sector to 100 per cent. According to sources, the Commerce and Industry Ministry has circulated a Cabinet note for inter‐ministerial consulatation.

39. Pakistan has said it would grant India the status of Non‐Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) to facilitate enhanced bilateral trade. 40. Sachin Tendulkar to be goodwill ambassador for national games. The 35 National Games to be held in seven cities in the State early next year will have cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as its goodwill ambassador. 41. India has figured among the top 10 markets for the international business community, according to Australia’s International Business Survey. 42. Malavath Poorna, a 13‐years and 11‐month old girl of Telangna became the youngest woman to climb the Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

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43. Singapore became the top source of FDI into India replacing Mauritius: Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) 44. Flipkart buys Myntra for $300 mn. Flipkart announced that it has acquired Myntra, the country’s largest e‐commerce site for fashion and lifestyle products. 45. The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee has signed a historic agreement to use the power of sports to promote peace and economic development. Note: IOC President: Thomas Bach

46. European Union bans Indian Alphonso mangoes, veggies from May 1. The 28‐member European Union has temporarily banned the import of Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and four vegetables from India from May 1, sparking protests from the Indian community, lawmakers and traders. 47. Microsoft acquires Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.5bn. The Finnish company will now focus on networks, mapping services and technology development and licences. Note: Former Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has become executive vice president of the Microsoft devices group 48. WHO certifies India as a polio‐free nation.

49. Russia suspended from G‐8 group: The G7 group of top economic powers have kicked out Russia from the powerful G8 over its annexation of Crimea and threatened to impose far‐reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. ii. The US and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June to build pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin against his military action in Ukraine. 50. Global pharma major Novartis acquire GlaxoSmithKline plc's (GSK).

Note: Novartis is Switzerland based company . GlaxoSmithKline is England based company.

51. Cadbury India Limited announced to change its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited. Cadbury India Limited is a subsidiary of Mondelez International Inc.

52. Vietnam (Hanoi) decided not to host the 2019 Asian Games for financial reasons, and was exploring procedures to withdraw from staging the region's largest sporting event. 53. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (SPL) announced that it will acquire 100 per cent of Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $ 4 billion all‐share transaction. 54. Deadly ‘Heartbleed’ virus arrives in Indian cyberspace.

55. Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to declare all election booths in the coming Lok Sabha polls as no smoking zones. 56. IRV 2020 programme has been launched by WHO‐India, with an aim to protect and increase the population of the onehorned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). 57. Workdays for tribals under MNREGA raised from 100 to 150. Those tribals who have received land rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 will be eligible for additional 50 days of wage employment under the rural job scheme.

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58. India nominated Rani‐ki‐Vav located in Patan, Gujarat and the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Himachal Pradesh for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Status for 2014. 59. Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai: The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. This water wending machine will release 1 liter water at a price of 1 rupee. 60. Gujarat state has been ranked number one in a list of India's 20 largest states in terms of “economic freedom”. 61. Google partners with Ray‐ban for Google Glass.

62. India is Dubai’s largest non oil trading partner in 2013‐14

63. Kellogg’s ropes in Deepika Padukone as brand ambassador for Special K 64. Odia declared as classical language. So far, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam have been declared as classical languages. 65. Google and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) jointly

launched 360‐degree panoramic imagery of 30 out of 100 "nationally‐important monuments" including Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Jantar Mantar and Qutub Minar among others, viewable to one‐third of the world's population. 66. Country’s first Minority Cyber Village opened in Chandoli in

Alwar district of Rajasthan.

67. Sikkim achieves over 100 percent sanitation. Sikkim has become the only state in the country to achieve more than 100 percent sanitation in rural and urban households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres. 68. India’s first monorail service launched in Mumbai.

69. Belgium became second country to allow Mercy Killing for Children. Parliament of Belgium on 14 February 2014 legalised death to terminally ill children of any age. Note: Other European countries that allows active

euthanasia are: 1. Luxembourg, which permits active

euthanasia for over 18 years in age. 2. Switzerland lets doctors to help adult patients to commit suicide 70. India is the world’s largest arms importer: SIPRI. The new data has ranked China and Pakistan second and third respectively as the largest arms importer. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). 71. India became third largest crude oil importer in the World.

World’s Top Five Oil‐Importing Countries are: 1.China, 2.U.S.A:, 3. India 4. Japan 5.Germany

72. Six Public Sector Units (PSUs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the World’s largest 4000 MW ultra solar power project Sambhar in Rajasthan. 73. Kerala wins UN award: Kerala Tourism has been conferred the United Nations Award for creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition. 74. Odisha's Chilika lagoon, hotspot for biodiversity, has been named 'destination flyways' by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) following its inclusion in a list of eight such sites worldwide. Note: Chilika is the only site to be selected from Asia by the UNWTO.

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75. Japanese PM (Shinzo Abe) is the Chief Guest at India’s 65th Republic Day celebrations on 26th

January 2014. 76. The Jain community was accorded minority status by the central government, which will enable them to avail of benefits in government schemes and programmes. The Jains became the sixth community to have minority status

after Muslims,

Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis.

77. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has been named the regional brand ambassador by the UNICEF to promote its Total Sanitation Campaign in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. 78. Gorakhpur railway station entered Limca Book of Records as world’s longest platform

Note: Before the platform number one of Gorakhpur, the platform of Kharagpur railway station of

West Bengal had the distinction of being world’s largest platform with length of 1072.5 meters.

New Appointment in India 1. Amit Shah: New BJP President. He replaces Rajnath Singh.

2. Kamla Beniwal: appointed as new Governor of Mizoram

3. Ram Naresh Yadav: New Governor of Chhattisgarh.

4. Vakkom Purushothaman: appointed as Governor of Nagaland.

Note: Vakkom will continue to hold the additional charge of the office of the Governor of Tripura.

ii. Margaret Alva, the Governor of Rajasthan was given the additional responsibility of Gujarat.

iii. Bihar Governor DY Patil took additional charge of West Bengal

5. Shaktikanta Das: appointed as New Revenue Secretary. He replace Rajiv Takru.

6. Rajeev Topno: appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

7. Vishal Sikka: appointed New CEO of Infosys.

8. B Ashok: appointed New IOC Chairman. He replaces R S Butola.

9. A.K. Dubey: appointed as Chairman of Coal India Limited

10. Sirikonda Madhusudhana : First speaker of Telangana Legislative Assembly.

11. S L Bhojegowda: elected Vice‐Chairman of Bar Council of India.

12. Narendra Damodardass Modi sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of the country.

The list of Cabinet Ministers includes:

13. Rajnath Singh: Home Minster

14. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs & Overseas Indian Affairs

15. Arun Jaitley: Finance Corporate Affairs & Defence

16. M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation & Parliamentary Affairs 17. Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways Shipping + Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation Note: Nitin Jairam Gadkari given additional charge of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation as Gopinath Munde died in Road accident. 18. D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Railways

19. Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

20. Dr. Najma A. Heptulla: Minority Affairs

21. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

22. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

23. Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development

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24. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers

25. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology & Law and Justice

26. Ashok Gajapathi Raju: Civil Aviation

27. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

28. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries

29. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines & Steel Labour and Employment

30. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs

31. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture

32. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment

33. Smriti Zubin Irani: Human Resource Development

34. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare

35. Sumitra Mahajan: new Lok Sabha Speaker

36. Chandrababu Naidu sworn‐in as First Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

37. K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) was sworn in as its first Chief Minister of Telangana

38. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been appointed on the Board of Governors of Philippines‐based Asian Development Bank (ADB). 39. Mallikarjun Kharge elected leader of Congress in Lok Sabha.

40. Nripendra Mishra appointed Principal Secretary to PM

41. Mukul Rohatgi appointed 14th New Attorney‐General of India. He replace G.E. Vahanvati

42. Ajit Kumar Doval appointed as new National Security Advisor

43. Rajiv Mathur takes over as New CIC (Chief Information Commissioner). He succeeds Sushma


44. Anandiben Patel: new CM of Gujarat

45. Naveen Patnaik sworn in as Odisha chief minister

46. Pawan Chamling sworn as Sikkim CM for record 5th time

47. Jitan Ram Manjhi: new Bihar CM

48. T R Zeliang appointed new CM of Nagaland. He succeed Neiphiu Rio

49. Nabam Tuki sworn‐in as CM of Arunachal Pradesh for second term.

50. R.M.Lodha: New Chief Justice of India. He is the 41st Chief Justice of India. He succeeds Justice P. Sathasivam. 51. Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag: appointed new Army Chief. He succeed Gen Bikram Singh.

52. R Gandhi appointed Deputy Governor of RBI. He replace Anand Sinha

53. Robin K Dhowan: appointed New Navy Chief.

54. Arup Raha new Air Chief Marshal. He succeeded NAK Browne.

55. Arvind Mayaram: appointed new Finance Secretary. He replace Sumit Bose 56. Saurabh Chandra: new Oil Secretary.

57. Sudhir Gupta: appointed new TRAI Secretary

58. Rajeev Kher: appointed new Commerce Secretary. He replace S R Rao 59. Ashok Lavasa: appointed Civil Aviation Secretary. He replace K N Srivastava.

60. Justice G. Rohini: become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

61. Ila Patnaik: appointed as Principal Economic Advisor

62. Retired Air Chief N A K. Browne appointed new Indian envoy to Norway.

63. Rahul Kulshreshth appointed new Indian envoy to Turkey

64. Sunil Gavaskar: interim President of BCCI

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65. G. Gopalakrishna: joined as director of Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL). 66. Suresh Kumar Reddy appointed as the First ambassador to ASEAN

67. Ms. Lakshmi Swaminathan became the first Indian to become president of Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 68. Lalit Modi elected president of Rajasthan Cricket Association.

69. Arundhati Bhattacharya: SBI's first woman Chairman

70. Akhilesh Gupta: elected as President of the Indian Meteorological Society

71. Thomas Mathew: New Chairman of MCX Stock Exchange

72. D K Pathak: new Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF).

73. Sheila Dikshit: New Governor of Kerala.

74. Dinesh Sarraf: appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). He replaced Sudhir Vasudeva. 75. Gautam Bambawale: new Indian ambassador to Bhutan

76. Jude Felix: appointed coach of the National men’s hockey team.

77. Yaduvendra Mathur : appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Export‐Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) 78. Rakesh Maria: appointed as a new Police Commissioner of Mumbai. He replace Satyapal Singh.

79. Aditi Khanna became first women President of Indian Journalist's Association

80. Mukul Mudgal: appointed as the new chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) 81. R.K.Tiwari: appointed as the new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). He succeed Chairperson Sudha Sharma. 82. Poonam Khetrapal Singh: appointed as Regional Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) South‐East Asia Region 83. Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur: appointed Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission

84. Akhilesh Das Gupta re‐elected president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI)

85. N Ramachandran: New President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA)

86. Arvind Ranjan :appointed new Chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

87. J N Choudhury : appointed new Chief of National Security Guard (NSG).

New Appointment in World 1. Emma Watson, the British Actress appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women.

2. Michelle Howard became the first female four‐star admiral in US Navy. She is the first women admiral in 236 year old history of US Navy. 3. Jean‐Claude Juncker: named as next European Commission president

4. Chung Hung Won retained as Prime Minister of South Korea.

5. Mustafa Kamal: appointed New President of International Cricket Council (ICC).

Note: Mustafa Kamal has become the first from Bangladesh to be president of International Cricket Council (ICC). 6. N Srinivasan: appointed first chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC).

7. Juan Manuel Santos re‐elected Colombia president.

8. Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa elected President for the 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He replaced John William Ashe.

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Note: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) comprises 193 member nations.

9. Indian‐origin judge V K Rajah appointed as 8th Attorney‐General of Singapore.

10. Reuven Ruby Rivlin elected as 10th president of Israel. He succeed Shimon Peres.

11. Prince Zeid al Hussein (Jordan’s ambassador) nominated as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights 12. Bashar al‐Assad: elected Syria President for third time

13. Dalia Grybauskaite: new President of Lithuania

14. Peter Mutharika is new Malawi president

15. Abdel Fattah Al Sissi – new President of Egypt

16. Jacob Zuma sworn in as South Africa's President for second term 17. Petro Poroshenko: New President of Ukraine

18. Hiroshi Naka appointed as Vice President and Auditor General of World Bank. 19. Kathleen Stephens Named Interim US Ambassador to India.

20. Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund appointed first woman to lead UN force. She replace Chinese Maj. Gen. Chao Liu. 21. Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan. New interim PM of Thailand: Note: Ms. Yingluck shinawatra and nine Cabinet members were forced to step down by the Constitutional Court, which found her guilty of abuse of power. 22. Ahmed Maiteeg : New PM of Libya

23. Juan Carlos: New President of Panama

24. Rajeev Suri: New Nokia CEO & President

25. Abdelaziz Bouteflika: New President of Algeria

26. Viktor Orban: New re‐elected PM of Hungary

27. Manuel Valls: New Prime Minister of France

28. Marie‐Lousie Coleiro Preca: New President of Malta

29. Joseph Muscat: PM of Malta

30. Ibrahim Mahlab: New Prime Minister of Egypt. Ibrahim Mahlab replace Hazem el‐Beblawi .

31. Michelle Bachelet: New President of Chile

32. Matteo Renzi: New Italy's youngest PM. He is the 39‐year‐old leader of the Centre‐Left

Democratic Party,

33. Arseniy Yatsenyuk : New Prime minister of Ukraine

34. Sushil Koirala: New PM of Nepal. He replaced Khil‐Raj‐ Regmi.

35. John Thompson: New Chairman of Microsoft. He succeeded Bill Gates

36. Satya Nadella: New CEO of Microsoft. He replaced Steve Ballmer and he takes over as the third CEO of the Microsoft firm. 37. Marco Lambertini appointed as director‐general of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) International 38. Jens Stoltenberg: New Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He replaces the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 39. Sheikh Hasina: New PM of Bangladesh. She belongs to Awami League party.

40. Janet Yellen: New chairman of the Federal Reserve. She succeeds Chairman Ben Bernanke. Janet Yellen, the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve in its 100‐year history. Federal Reserve is the name of the Central Bank of US.

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41. Abdul Basit: New Pakistani envoy to India: He replaces Salman Bashir. 42. Aizaz Chaudhry: New Foreign Secretary of Pakistan

43. Jalil Abbas Jilani: New Pakistani Ambassador to US

44. Sumith Nakandala: First Secretary General of BIMSTEC

45. Angela Merkel: begins third innings as German chancellor.

46. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed: New Prime Minister of Somalia.

(Mogadishu is the Capital Somalia).

47. Ashraf Jehan: First female judge in Pak’s National Sharia Court


Country: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South‐Africa.

5th Summit 2013 : (Durban) South Africa:

6th BRICS Summit 2014: to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil

from 15‐17 July 2014.

2. Nuclear security summit

2nd Summit 2012 – Seoul, South Korea.

3rd Summit 2014 : Hague, Netherland

4th Summit 2016: United States

3.G 8 Summit:

39th Summit 2013: United Kingdom. (Northern Ireland)

G‐8 Countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the US

40th G‐7 summit 2014 held at Brussels.

Note: It was the first time that the EU hosted a G7 summit. The summit is jointly represented by the European Council President Herman van Rompuy and the European Commission President. Note: Originally, a G8 summit was scheduled to take place in Sochi (Russia) in early June 2014 under a Russian presidency. Due to the Russian Federation's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the G7 leaders decided to meet in Brussels on 4‐5 June 2014 in the G7 format instead. 4. G 20 Summit:

G‐20 meeting (2014) of Finance ministers and central bank governors held in Sydney


G20 Leaders Summit (2014) will be held in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia, in November 2014.

5. SAARC Summit:

3rd SAARC ministerial meet on poverty alleviation 2013 – Kathmandu (Nepal)

18th SAARC Summit 2014‐ Kathmandu (proposed)

6. NATO Summit‐ NATO Summit 2014 will be held in Britain. (Britain last hosted the summit in 1990, when Margret Thatcher was Prime Minister). 7. BIMSTEC Summit

3rd BIMSTEC summit 2014: Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)

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4th BIMSTEC summit will be held in Nepal.

Note: BIMSTEC (Bay of Bangal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)

BIMSTEC includes 7 countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal and aims to create cooperation in multiple sectors including trade, investment and energy. 8. NAM Summit:

16th Summit 2013: Tehran, Iran

17th Summit2015 ‐ Caracas (Venezuela)

Note: Two nations, namely Azerbaijan Republic and Fiji, were accepted as the new members of the organization. New Member

United Nation – South Sudan new member country . Total–

193 members

WTO –Tajikistan new member country. Total – 159


World Bank & IMF – South Sudan new member country.

Total– 188 members

European Union – Croatia new member country. Total– 28

9. 6th International Nuclear Energy Forum ATOMEXPO‐2014 held in Moscow

10. World Economic Forum 2014: held in Abuja (Nigeria). Bharti Enterprises founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal co – chair this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa. 11. India, Sri Lanka and Maldives held National Security Advisor‐level meeting on maritime security cooperation in New Delhi. 12. World Telecommunications Development Conference held in Dubai.

13. The Green Economy Summit held in Dubai.

14. Arab Summit 2014: Kuwait host the Arab summit for the first time

15. The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference was concluded on 6 December 2013 at Bali, Indonesia.

16. 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014 held in New Delhi. This year's theme is "Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations" Datuk Seri G Palanival is the Chief Guest of 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Points To Remember: MOUs‐Deal between India & Other Countries

1. India and United Kingdom decided to launch negotiations for civil nuclear cooperation.

2. India has committed 8.5 billion rupees to Bhutan for Small Development Project for the country’s the 11th Five Year Plan. 3. Iran and Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for bilateral cooperation on environmental issues in Tokyo. 4. India, Azerbaijan: to explore opportunities in energy sector

5. India and Canada have signed three MoUs for cooperation in health sector, audio‐visual co‐production and skill development. 6. India, Poland agree to form Joint Working Group for cooperation in films sector.

7. India and Bhutan have signed an agreement on development of hydropower projects.

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8. India and Germany could sign an agreement for €1 billion for Greenfield projects

9. India and Maldives ink several pacts and have agreed to jointly patrol and conduct surveillance to

strengthen maritime

security in the Indian Ocean Region.

10. India has signed a Rs 4,000‐crore deal with the US for procuring six more C‐130J Super Hercules Special Operations aircraft for the Indian Air Force. 11. Election Commission signs MoU with Yemen. India has offered its expertise to Yemen in election management and electoral roll preparations.

Scheme & Plan Launched by Union & State Government: 1. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana: To boost agricultural yield, Govt. is going to launch 'Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana' in the country. 2. Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) was launched in the UAE. A leading Indian financial and health care service player has tied up with the UAE Exchange to offer Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana Scheme in the Gulf country. About Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY)

i. Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) Scheme is a pension and life insurance scheme and is recognised by the Indian government. 3. Tamil Nadu launches free CFL bulb scheme: Under the scheme state Govt will provide free compact fluorescent light bulbs to over 14 lakh hut‐dwellers in the State, an energy saving measure aimed at saving 40 MW of power. 4. Centre launches e‐inclusion project to spread e‐literacy. The project is an initiative to make at least one individual in every household e‐literate, under the project, economically weaker sections of the society including rural SC, ST and women will receive IT training. 5. Project Uddan: The project, an initiative of the Prime Minister, the National Skills Development Corporation and the Ministry of Home Affairs and industry, was started with the aim of providing skills to 40,000 youth over a period of five years. 6. Rani Laxmi Bai Pension Scheme: 'special pension' to Muzaffarnagar riot victims by U.P. Govt. The pension, which would be anywhere between Rs 400 and Rs 500, would be given under this scheme.

7. Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna (BPSSBY) Health care scheme for BPL families launched in


8. 'Roshini' Scheme: Centre launched skill development and job placement scheme 'Roshini' for rural youth and women in maoist affected 24 districts in 9 states. 9. Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (health insurance scheme) was launched in Maharashtra.

Awards & Honours 1. Jnanpith Award 2013: Noted Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh has been chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith award for 2013.

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He will be the recipient of the 49th Jnanpith award. 2. Pen Pinter prize 2014: Salman Rushdie wins Pen Pinter prize for his outstanding literary output and support for freedom of expression. 3. World Food Prize 2014: India‐born plant scientist Sanjaya Rajaram has been named the winner of the World Food Prize for his breakthrough achievement in increasing global wheat production by more than 200 million tonnes following the Green Revolution. 4. Moortidevi Award 2013: C Radhakrishnan selected for Moortidevi Award 2013. He has been selected for his novel Theekkadal Katanhu Thirumadhuram.

Note: i. Radhakrishnan is the second Malayalam writer to be awarded with the Moortidevi award. The first Malayalam author to win the award was Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri in 2009 for his selected poems.

ii. Haraprasad Das was conferred the Moortidevi Award for 2012 for 'Vamsha, a poetic recreation of the Mahabharata 5. Sudarsan Pattnaik won prize at World Cup of Sand Sculpting‐2014. He won prize for his work Save Tree, Save the Future. 6. Malala Yousafzai wins Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia.

7. France honour Shahrukh Khan with Legion of Honour

Note: The award of Officier de la Legion d'Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) is the highest honour among Civilians and Military bestowed by France on French citizen as well as foreigners.

8. Gro Harlem Brundtland awarded with the first Tang Prize in sustainable development.

9. Former TATA Group Chairman Ratan Tata received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York

University in

Toronto, Canada.

10. Indian origin physicist Tejinder Virdee was honoured knighthood Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded for his work on the Higgs Boson theory. 11. GMR wins arbitration award against Maldivian govt: Indian infrastructure giant GMR has won the arbitration award against Maldivian government for wrongful termination of Airport project contract. 12. Lifetime Achievement Award’: Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has been honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by a UK‐based business association for his outstanding contribution to the industry, education and philanthropy. 13. Irish author Eimear McBride won the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction for her first novel A

Girl is a Half‐Formed


14. Project Mobile Seva under DeitY won the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award Note: The project Mobile Seva under Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) won second rank in the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award. Department of Electronics and Information Technology comes under Ministry of Information and Technology.

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15. Goldman Prize for environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal. He received the prize for helping villagers fight coal mining in Chhattisgarh. 16. Caparo Group founded by leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has won the

International Business of the Year

award 2014

17. Golden Peacock Awards 2014: Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T‐TBI) was chosen for the Special Commendation at the Golden Peacock National Training Awards 2014. 18. Bharat Ratna Award: Sachin Tendulkar and CN Rao conferred Bharat Ratna Award 2013. Note: Tendulkar is the first sportsman and the youngest recipient of the the Bharat Ratna

ii. Prof Rao is a well recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry is the third scientist to received award after CV Raman and former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam. iii. The Bharat Ratna was announced after a gap of four years with Hindustani music doyen Bhimsen

Joshi being the last

recipient in 2009.

19. Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013: Veteran poet and film lyricist Gulzar has been chosen for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013. He is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

20. Pulitzer Prize 2014: India‐born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his work '3 Sections'.

21. Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer Prize 2014 for novel 'Goldfinch'

22. Miss India 2014: Koyal Rana new Miss India.

23. Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013: Eminent Gandhian and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhat selected for the award. Note: A pioneer of the Chipko Movement for which he was also awarded the Magsaysay Award in 1982, Mr. Bhatt was given the Padma Bhushan by UPA‐I in 2005. 24. Saraswati Samman 2013: Govind Mishra selected for for his book Dhool Paudho Par.

25. Pritzker Prize 2014: Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. He won the award for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters.

26. Abel Prize 2014: Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai won the award.

27. Laxmi, an acid attack victim gets International Women of Courage Award (US honour).

28. Vyas Samman 2013: Vishwanath Tripathi been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the

year 2013.

Note: Tripathi has been chosen for the coveted annual literary award instituted in 1991 by the K K Birla Foundation for his memoir 'Vyomkesh Darvesh', a biolgraphy of noted Hindi scholar Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.

29. G D Birla Award 2013: Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for the 23rd G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 30. M S Subbulakshmi Award 2014: Mathangi Sathyamurthy, Karnataka musician was selected for the award.

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31. Britain's highest awards: Ratan Tata, former chairman of the Tata Group honoured by Queen Elizabeth with a GBE (Knight Grand Cross), which is one of the highest civilian honours in Britain. 32. Luis Suarez named as Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

33. MS Dhoni won United Kingdom’s 2014 Asian award for outstanding achievement in Sports. 34. Shikhar Dhawan named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the

Year award.

35. Sachin Tendulkar won Cricketer of generation award

36. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014.

37. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) received the Most Efficient Navratna Award for the year 2013. 38. Anand Kumar, the founder of Super30 got 2014 Ramanujan Mathematics award 39. Indian Writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 40. Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson won the coveted Allan Border


41. Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer”. 42. Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has been named the best

women's football player in the world for 2013.

43. Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award of 2012 and 2013: two

eminent Bengali poets, namely Nirendranath Chakraborty and

Sankha Ghosh, respectively.

44. C.K. Nayudu award: Former India captain Kapil Dev received the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013. Oscar Award 2014:

Best Film ‐ 12 Years a Slave – Directed by Steve McQueen Best Actor ‐ Matthew McConaughey for: Dallas Buyers Club Best Actress ‐ Cate Blanchett for: Blue Jasmine

Best Director ‐ Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity Best Actor in a Supporting Role ‐ Jared Leto for: Dallas Buyers Club Best Actress in a Supporting Role ‐ Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave Best Foreign Language Film ‐ The Great Beauty (Italy) Note: "Gravity" pulled in 7 Oscars, including best director, at the 86th Academy Awards

on March 2, 2014.

61st National Film Awards:

Best Film: 'Ship of Theseus' – Director – Anand Gandhi

Best Actor: Rajkumar Rao for 'Shahid' and Suraj Venjaramudu and Venajaramoodu for Malayalam

movie 'Perariyathavar'

Best Actress: Geetanjali Thapa for Liars Dice

Best Director Award: Pranjal Dua for 'Chidiya Ud' (Hindi)

Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment: 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'

Best Film on Social Issues: 'Tojia Dharm Kauncha'

Best Non Feature Film: 'Rangbhoomi'

Best Supporting Actor: Saurabh Shukla, 'Jolly LLB'

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Note: 'Cinema Ka Cinema' got the Best Book on Cinema, while the Best Film Critic award went to Alka Sahania Director of Film 'Shahid' – Hansal Mehta

Director of Film 'Jolly LLB'– Subhash Kapoor

Director of Film Liars Dice – Geetu Mohandas

Person in News: 1. Andy Coulson: gets 18‐month jail for phone hacking. Coulson was the editor of the News of the World. Note: News of the World was a national red top newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1843 to 2011. It was at one time the biggest selling English language newspaper in the world, and at closure still had one of the highest English language circulations 2. Lou Vincent: New Zealand's cricketer Lou Vincent Gets Life Ban for Match‐Fixing.

3. Luis Suarez: FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months.

Note: Suarez bit the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1‐0 win in the group stage match. 4. Mohammad Ashraful: Former Captain of Bangladesh banned for eight years.

Note: He was found guilty on four charges of fixing matches in Bangladesh Premier League of 2013.

5. Dinesh Singh: Delhi University Vice‐Chancellor resigns

6. B V Wanchoo: Goa Governor resigned

7. M K Narayanan: West Bengal Governor resigned

8. BL Joshi: Uttar Pradesh Governor resigned.

9. Yuichi Nishimura: Japan’s Yuichi Nishimura is referee in opening match of the W FIFA World Cup between hosts Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo. 10. Dilip Shanghvi named among Asia’s richest self‐made billionaires.

11. Manoj Vaish, Managing Director & CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX), resigned. 12. P Elango interim CEO & Whole time Director, quit from Cairn India.

13. Aamir Khan – Election Commission’s National Icon for Lok Sabha Elections 2014

14. Arjun Kapoor Named National Ambassador for Earth Hour 2014

15. Nancy Powell resigned as the US Ambassador to India

16. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov has resigned

17. Justice KT Thomas quits as head of Lokpal search committee

18. Hazem El‐Beblawi : Egyptian PM resigns.

19. Zaka Ashraf : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sacked Zaka Ashraf as the Chairman of the PCB

20. Jamila Bayaz, first women to be appointed police chief of Kabul province. She is the first woman in Afghanistan to be appointed as police chief of an entire district.

Books & Their Authors 1. The Substance and the Shadow: written by Uday Tara Nayar, a former journalist.

Note: The Substance and the Shadow, the biography of 91‐year‐old actor Dilip Kumar.

2. Warrior State written by T V Paul

3. Blood Feud written by Edward Klein

4. A Bad Character: authored by Deepti Kapoor.

5. The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous ‐ Khuswant Singh

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6. Train To Pakistan ‐ Khuswant Singh

7. An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions ‐ Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen.

8. A Brush with Life‐ Satish Gujral

9. A Bend in the river‐ V.S. Naipaul

10. God of Small things‐ Arundhati Rai

11. Inheritance of Loss‐ Kiran Desai.

12. Joseph Anton‐ Sulman Rushdie (Autobiography)

13. “Khushwantnama‐The Lessons of My Life “ –Khushwant singh

14. Lajja‐ Taslima Nasrim.

15. My Unforgettable Memories‐Mamata Banerjee

16. My Years with Rajiv and Sonia written by R.D.Pradhan

17. ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance: authored by Sameer Kochhar.

18. Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths authored by PC Parakh

19. The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh authored by Dr. Sanjaya Baru 20. Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership written by Pavan Choudary .

21. Rationalised Roman for Kashmiri written by Dr. R L Bhat

22. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography written by Andy Marino.

23. Public Issues Before Parliament written by Vijay Darda

24. The Political Economy of Energy and Growth authored by Sh. Najeeb Jung

25. India at Risk: authored by Jaswant Singh.

26. “Unbreakable” ‐ An Autobiography by Mary Kom

27. The Luminaries by: Eleanor Catton. She won the Man Booker Prize 2013. 28. Walking With Giants: authored by former Finance Secretary G. Ramachandran. 29. "I am Malal : authored by Christina Lamb.

30. The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown

LEADER”S VISITED INIDIA 1. William Hague: UK Foreign Minister visited India

2. Laurent Fabius: French Foreign Minister to visited India.

3. G L Peiris: Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka visited India

4. Wang Yi: Chinese Foreign Minister visited India

5. Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah: Oman Foreign Minister visited India

6. King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited India on February .

7. German President Joachim Guack visited India

8. French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler visited Inida

9. King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck visited India 10. South Korean President Park Geun‐hye visited India.

OBITUARY 1. Zohra Sehgal: Veteran Bollywood actress Zohra Sehgal known for her jovial roles in films like Dil Se, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Veer‐ Zaara, Cheeni Kum and Saawariya passed away. She was 102. 2. Granville Austin, the eminent scholar of the Indian Constitution died in Washington DC.

3. Ramanarayanan, Tamil film director and producer, died at 65.

4. Telangana Shakuntala: Popular Tollywood character actress passed away

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5. Gary Gilmour, former cricketer of Australia died

6. Gopinath Munde: Rural Development Minister passes away

7. Ideologist and Sanskrit Scholar Sukumari Bhattacharji died

8. Father of Malaysian Hockey Sultan Azlan Shah passes away

9. Veteran CPI(M) leader R.Umanath passed away

10. Madhav Mantri, a cricketing doyen, passes away

11. Veteran Congress leader and former minister Sitaram Prasad passed away

12. N Srinivasan, the veteran nuclear scientist died

13. Russy Mody: Management guru Russy Mody who was known for his man management while he headed Tata Steel and was awarded Padma Bushan died 14. Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, Founder Chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, passed away 15. N Janardhan Reddy: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister died.

16. Elena Baltacha: Ex‐tennis player dies of cancer

17. Khaled Chowdhury: Noted theatre personality died

18. Bob Hoskins: British actor dies

19. Tito Vilanova, Former Barcelona coach Vilanova dies.

20. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anja Niedringhaus shot dead in Afghanistan.

21. Khushwant Singh: Famous writer and journalist passed away

Sports News Tennis:

Wimbledon 2014:

1. Men’s Title: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer to win his second Men's Wimbledon title

and seventh career Grand Slam. 2. Women’s Title: Petro Kvitova defeated Eugenie Bouchard to win Wimbledon title

French Open 2014:

1. Men’s Title: Rafael Nadal clinches record ninth French Open title. He defeated Novak

Djokovic in the final.

Note: Rafal Nadal now won 14 Grand Slam singles titles till now.

2. Women’s Title: Maria Sharapova defeat Simona Halep to win French Open Title second time.

Note: Maria Sharapova now won 5th Grand Slam title.

Australian Open 2014:

1. Men’s Single: Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title by defeating Rafael Nadal 2. Women’s Single: Li Na (China) defeat Dominika Cibulkova. Li Na becomes first Chinese woman to clinch title. 3. Women’s Doubles: Errani and Roberta Vinci beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina

Madrid Title 2014: Rafael Nadal defeat Kei Nishikori in the final to win the title.

Monte Carlo Masters Tennis 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka beat Roger Federer.

Miami (Sony)Open 2014:

1. Men’s Single: Novak Djokovic dominates Rafael Nadal to win fourth Miami title.

2. Women’s Single: Serena Williams beat Li Na to win seventh Miami Title

Italian Tennis Open 2014:

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1. Women's Title: Serena Williams defeated Sara Errani.

2. Men's Title: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal

Note: Manila will host the first leg of the newly launched

International Premier Tennis League

Hockey World Cup 2014:

1. Men’s Title: Australia defeated Netherland in the final.

Note: Australia won the title for the second time,

2. Women’s Title: Netherland defeated Australia in the final.

Note: Netherland won the title for the seventh time,

Note: Indian men's hockey team rank 9th in latest word hockey rankings.

IPL 7 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Kings XI Punjab to lift IPL 7 Trophy for second time.

Note: Man of the Match – Manish Pandey. Orange Cap Award: Robin Utthapa Purple Cap Award: Mohit Sharma

ICC World Cup Cricket Venue:

ODI: (One day International):

1. Australia & New Zealand: 2015.

2. England ‐ 2019

3. India ‐ 2023


1. Bangladesh ‐2014. – Sri Lanka defeat India to win the maiden title. 2. India ‐2016.

3. Australia ‐ 2020.


1. England– 2017 (for first time).

2. India ‐ 2021.

U‐19 World Cup

1. UAE – 2014 ‐ . South Africa defeated Pakistan to win the maiden title. 2. Bangladesh – 2016

3. New Zealand – 2018

4. South Africa – 2020

5. West Indies ‐ 2022

Note: ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 ‐ Australia defeated West Indies at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

FIFA (Football) World Cup venue: ‐ BRQ

1. 2014: Brazil

2. 2018 : Russia

3. 2022: Qatar

Commonwealth Games venues:

1. 2014 – Glasgow (Scotland).

2. 2018 – Gold Coast (Australia).

Olympics Games venues:

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1. 2014 winter: Sochi (Russia) – Russia tops in the medal tally in 2014 winter Olympic games.

2. 2016 Summer: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

3. 2018 winter: Pyeongchang (South Korea)s

4. 2020 summer: Tokyo (Japan)

Asian Games venue:

1. 2014: Incheon (South Korea) (Note: 2010 Asain Games held in Guangzhou, China).

Ceat awards 2014: The award winners:

Cricketer of the Year: Virat Kohli (India);

ODI Player of the Year:Shikhar Dhawan (India);

T20 Player of the Year: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh);

Test Player of the Year: Mitchell Johnson (Australia);

Popular Choice award: Glenn Maxwell (Australia);

Young Player award:

Vijay Zol (Maharashtra)

Domestic Cricketer of the Year: Robin Uthappa (India)

Special award for Indian Player of the Year: R Ashwin (India)

Lifetime Achievement award: Syed Kirmani (India).

1. Marylebone Cricket Club XI won the match played to celebrate 200‐years (bi‐centenary) of Lord’s Cricket Ground – the Home of Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar‐led MCC XI beat Shane Warne‐led Rest of the World XI in Lord’s in London, UK. 2. Novak Djokovic becomes world number one after Wimbledon victory.

ATP top 5 as of July 7

1. Novak Djokovic 2. (1) Rafael Nadal 3. Roger Federer

4. Stan Wawrinka 5. Tomas Berdych

3. Serena Williams of the United States has retained top spot in the latest world rankings released by the WTA. WTA top 5 as of July 7

1. Serena Williams. 2. Li Na, China 3. Simona Halep

4. Petra Kvitova 5. Agnieszka Radwanska,

4. Jitu Rai is the world’s No 1 air pistol shooter: After winning three medals in the ISSF World Cups in Munich and Slovenia recently, in‐form Indian shooter Jitu Rai achieved the world’s number one ranking in air pistol event. 5. Saina Nehwal defeated Carolina Marin of Spain to win Australian Open Super Series title

6. World Number one Magnus Carlsen bagged the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship title in Dubai. Note: Aremian Fabiani Caruana came second while India’s Vishwanathan Anand won the bronze medal at the third place in the tournament. 7. Nico Rosberg wins Austrian Grand Prix Title 2014.

8. 35th National Games to be held in Kerala next year.

Note: Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of 35th National Games.

9. Pankaj Advani wins his maiden IBSF 6‐Red World Snooker title in Egypt

10. Dipika Pallikal & Joshana Chinapa win women's Squash doubles title in Malaysia.

11. Left‐arm spinner Murali Kartik announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

12. Sardar Singh to lead Indian Hockey Team in Commonwealth Games.

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13. Jitu Rai became first Indian shooter to win three medals in successive ISSF Shooting World Cup. 14. Jitu Rai won Silver medal in 10m air pistol at Munich Shooting World Cup. 15. India beat South Korea 3‐0, to finish ninth in hockey WC. s

16. China defeated Japan to won Uber Cup 2014 of badminton

17. Japan defeated Malaysia to lift maiden Thomas Cup

Badminton trophy 2014.

18. Japan beat Australia in Women's Asian Cup Football final.

19. Indian batting star Virat Kohli has been rated second behind British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton in the list of most marketable athletes by the UK magazine, 'SportsPro'. 20. Snooker Champion Chitra nominated for Arjuna Awards 2014

21. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) defeated Jharkhand 5‐2 to win the fourth Hockey India Sub‐Junior Girls National Championship (Division A) in Pune 22. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany won Monaco Grand Prix of Formula One

23. Hashim Amla appointed as new test captain of South African cricket team.

24. Ab de Villiers named South African Cricketer of the Year

25. Triple jumper Arpinder Singh breaks national record, qualifies for Glasgow Commonwealth Games

26. Daniel Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix 2014.

27. Women’s World T20 2014: Australia defeat England in the final to win the title for the third time in a row. 28. Asia Cup Title 2014: Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan to win the title.

29. Ranji Trophy 2014. Karnataka beat Maharashtra to lift the title. Karnataka have won the trophy for seventh time. 30. Irani Trophy 2014: Karnataka won by defeating Rest of India.

31. India claim U‐19 Asia Cup title by defeating Pakistan in final

32. Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014: Karnataka won the title by defeating Railways

33. Grant Flower named as Pakistan batting coach.

34. 68th Santosh Trophy : Mizoram defeat Railways to win the title. Note: This is the maiden Santosh Trophy for Mizoram also this was the first appearance for them in the final match. 35. Pankaj Advani won CCI Biliards title. He defeated two‐time world runner‐up Dhruv Sitwala

36. National Women's Football champions 2014: Manipur defeated Orissa in the final.

37. Deodhar Trophy 2014: West Zone lifted the trophy after defeating North Zone in the final

38. Malaysian Grand Prix 2014: Britain's Lewis Hamilton won the title.

39. Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy: Baroda beat Uttar Pradesh to win the trophy.

40. World Snooker title 2014: Mark Selby of England won maiden title.

41. Virat Kohli is number 1 ODI batsman in latest ICC rankings

42. Saeed Ajmal top bowlers in ODI ranking. He is followed by Dale Steyn and Sunil Narin while Ravindra Jadeja is at fourth. 43. Chitra Magimairaj Wins World Women's Senior snooker title

44. Punjab won Junior National Hockey Title 2014 by defeating Odisha in the final.

45. Novak Djokovic won Indian Wells final by defeating Roger Federer.

46. India's Heena Sidhu clinched World's No. 1 spot in 10 mts air pistol event.

47. US sprint star Tyson Gay has received a one‐year doping ban from the US Anti‐Doping Association.

48. Darren Sammy retires from test cricket but remains T20 captain.

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49. Ronnie O’Sullivan named as Snooker’s Player of the Year.

50. Lasith Malinga, new captain of Sri Lanka T20 team

51. New Zealand's Kiwi Kathy Cross became the first woman to be inducted in an ICC umpires' panel

52. Saina Nehwal won Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown by defeating PV Sindhu in Lucknow. 53. Delhi Waveriders beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors to lifts 2nd edition of Hockey India League cup.

54. Netherlands beat New Zealand to win maiden Hero Hockey World League title

55. Aditya Joshi is world No.1 junior shuttler.

56. India defeat Pakistan to lift Kabaddi World Cup 2013 title.

57. India defeat New Zealand to win Women's Kabaddi World Cup 2013 for the third time in a row

News Related To Defence & Technology 1. India successfully launched PSLV C‐23 with 5 satellites: ISRO successfully launched 5 foreign satellites from four countries on board PSLV‐C23 rocket which placed them in orbit. The rocket was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV‐C23 placed all five satellites into their respective orbits. Note:

i. SPOT 7: French satellite, it will be part of the existing Earth observation satellite. It has been built by European space technology company Airbus Defence and Space. ii. AISAT: German nano‐satellite, to focus on the global sea‐traffic monitoring system with special emphasis on high traffic zones using AIS signals. iii. NLS 7.1 and NLS 7.2: Canadian satellite, they will perform Two‐spacecraft precision formation flying using differential GPS with centimetre‐level relative position and sub‐metre level accurate position control system. iv. VELOX‐1: Singaporean satellite, it is a technology demonstrator for in‐house design of image sensor, MEMS‐based attitude determination and control system and inter‐satellite RF link. 2. India successfully test‐fired an advanced version of the 290‐km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Chandipur‐on‐Sea off Odisha coast. 3. Bolivia launched country’s first telecommunications Satellite Tupak Katari

Note: Capital of Bolivia : Sucre, President: Evo Morales

4. IRNSS—1A , IRNSS‐1B ‐ India's navigation satellite.

5. Pakistan successfully test fires Haft‐III (Ghaznavi) Short Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile . Range 290km 6. Indo‐Nepal joint military exercise Ex‐Surya Kiran Drills VI held at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district. 7. The largest 130‐MW Solar Power Plant of India Welspun Solar MP Project was launched at

Bhagwanpur in Neemuch,

Madhya Pradesh

8. NTPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited (BSPGCL) and Lakhisarai Bijlee Company Private Limited (LBCPL) to develop a 1320 MW (2 X 660 MW) Thermal Power Project at Kajra in Lakhisarai district of Bihar.

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9. Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station awarded a gold shield on 4 February 2014 for its meritorious performance in 2013‐ 14.Nathpa Hydro power Station consecutively third time received the award. Note: The Nathpa Jhakri Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh.

10. INS Vikramaditya enters Indian Navy's area of operation. INS Vikramaditya (R33) is a Project which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain, India. 11. Fast Patrol Vessel Abhinav, the Indian Coast Guard Ship commissioned in Kochi

12. GSLV‐D5 launch places India in elite league of the U.S., Russia, France, Japan and China The GSLV is designed to inject its passenger spacecraft into the intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a combination of solid, earth‐storable liquid and cryogenic propellants in its first, second and third stages, respectively. 13. Indian mission to Mars blasts off successfully. The Mars

Orbiter Mission, known as "Mangalyaan" . Note: i. Only the United States, Russia and the European Space Agency have been successful in this mission. ii. The United States is the only nation that has successfully sent robotic explorers to land on Mars, the most recent being Curiosity which touched down in August 2012. 14. IRNSS‐1A, India's first ever dedicated Navigation satellite launched blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. 15. INS Vikramaditya join Indian Navy . INS Vikramaditya is a Kiev class aircraft carrier which was commissioned by Russian Navy in 1987 under the name Baku.

16. Missiles:

1. Nuclear‐capable 'Agni‐V' tested for second time. 'Agni‐V' long‐range ballistic missile. strike range of more than 5000 km Note: In the Agni (Surface to Surface missile) series, India at present has Agni‐1 with 700 km range, Agni‐2 with 2000 km range, Agni‐3 and Agni‐4 with 2500 km to more than 3500 range. Agni – V more than 5000 km Prithvi:

1. Prithvi I ‐ 150km 2. Prithvi II ‐ 350km 3. Prithvi III ‐ 350km ‐ 600km

Important Dams in India:

Tehri Dam: on Bhagirathi River, Uttarakhand

Bhakra nangal Dam: on Sutlej River, Punjab and Himachal


Hirakud Dam: on Mahanadi River, Orissa

Nagarjuna sagar Dam: on Krishna River, Andhra Pradesh

Sardar Sarovar Dam: on Narmada River, Gujarat

Nuclear power plants in India:

Narora atomic power plant ‐ Narora, UP

Rajasthan atomic power plant: Rawatbhatta, Rajasthan

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Tarapur atomic power plant ‐ Maharashtra

Kakarpar atomic power plant ‐ Gujarat

Madras atomic power plant ‐ Tamilnadu

Kaiga atomic power plant ‐ Karnataka

Kundankullam : Tamil Nadu

Folk dances in India

Bhangra: Punjab.

Changu: Odissa and Andhra Pradesh

Gair: Rajasthan.

Garba: Gujarat.

Ghoomar: Rajasthan.

Karagam: Tamil Nadu.

Dumhal: Kashmir.

Lavani: Maharashtra

Odissi: Orissa

Classical dances in India

Kathak: Uttar Pradesh.

Bihu: Assam

Bharat Natyam: Tamil Nadu..

Kuchipudi: Andhra Pradesh.

Kathakali: Kerala.

Chhau: Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal

Rauf – Jammu & Kashmir

Important Wildlife Sanctuary in India:

Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary ‐ Assam

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary ‐ Assam

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary‐ Gujarat

Sundarbans National Park ‐ West Bengal

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary – Kerala

Kanha National Park ‐ Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park ‐ Madhya Pradesh

Ranthambore National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary ‐


Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary ‐ Rajasthan

Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary ‐ Rajasthan

Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary ‐ Rajasthan

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Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary – Odissa

Nandankanan Zoo – Odissa

Corbett National Park ‐ Uttrakhand

Information based on Agriculture : Top 3 production states and countries:

Wheat –

State ‐ 1. Uttar Pradesh 2. Punjab 3. Haryana

Country ‐ 1. China 2. India 3. USA

Rice –

State 1. West Bengal 2. Andhra Pradesh 3. Uttar Pradesh

Country ‐ 1. China 2. India 3. Indonesia

Sugarcane –

States ‐ 1. Uttar Pradesh 2. Tamil Nadu 3.Maharashtra

Country ‐ 1. Brazil 2. India 3. China

Jute –

State ‐ 1. West Bengal 2. Bihar 3. Assam

Country ‐ 1. India 2.Bangladesh 3. China

Milk –

State ‐ 1. Uttar Pradesh 2. Rajasthan 3. Andhra Pradesh

Country ‐ 1. India 2. United States 3. China

Cups & Trophies: International Azlan Shah Cup ‐ Hockey Asia Cup – Cricket, Hockey Ashes : Cricket Australian Open – Lawn Tennis Champions Trophy : Hockey/Cricket Corbitton Cup : Table Tennis (Women) Davis Cup : Lawn Tennis Derby : Horse Race French Open – Lawn Tennis FIFA World Cup : Football Johar Cup – Hockey Merdeka Cup : Football Ryder Cup : Golf Uber Cup : Badminton (Women) Thomas Cup : Badminton (Men) Sharjah Cup ‐ Cricket National Agha Khan Cup : Hockey C. K. Naydu Trophy : Cricket Deodhar Trophy : Cricket Dilip Trophy : Cricket D. C. M. Cup : Football Durand Cup : Football Dhyan Chand Trophy : Hockey Gavaskar –Border Trophy ‐ Cricket lrani Trophy : Cricket Lal Bahadul Shastri Cup – Hockey

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MCC Trophy : Hockey Nehru Trophy : Hockey Ranji Trophy : Cricket Rohinton Baria Trophy : Cricket Rovers Cup : Football Santosh Trophy : Football Singer Cup ‐ Cricket Sahara Cup ‐ Cricket Subroto Cup : Football Vijay Merchant Trophy : Cricket Wellington Trophy : Rowing Wills Trophy : Cricket

Headquarter of International Organisation UNO ‐ New York

UNICEF ‐ New York

UNESCO – Paris

WHO – Geneva

UNFPA ‐ New York

SAARC – Kathmandu

World Bank ‐ Washington D.C

ADB ‐ Manila

IMF ‐Washington DC

WTO – Geneva (Switzerland)

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries –

(OPEC) Vienna (Austria)

Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) – Jakarta


NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org)–Brussels (Belgium)

Asia‐Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – Singapore

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

(UNCTAD) – Geneva

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO ) – Vienna

International Court Of Justice ‐ The Hague (Netherland)

International Atomic Energy Agency – Vienna

International Committee of the Red Cross – Geneva

International Maritime Organisation– London

Food and Agricultural Organisation – Rome (France)

World Meteorological Organisation ‐ Geneva

Amnesty International – London

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Commonwealth of Nations – London

Important Currencies Country Currency

A Afghanistan ‐‐ Afghan Afghani Argentina ‐‐ Peso Australia ‐‐‐ Dollar Austria ‐‐‐‐ European euro B Bangladesh‐‐‐ Taka Bhutan ‐‐‐‐ Ngultrum Brazil ‐‐‐ Real C Canada ‐‐‐‐ Dollar Chile ‐‐‐‐ Peso China ‐‐‐ Yuan Cuba ‐‐‐ Peso D Denmark ‐‐‐ Krone E Egypt ‐‐‐ Pound F France ‐‐‐ Euro G Germany ‐‐‐ Euro H Hong Kong ‐‐‐ Dollar I India ‐‐‐ Rupee Indonesia ‐‐‐ Rupiah IMF ‐‐‐ Special Drawing Rights Iran ‐‐‐ Rial Iraq ‐‐‐ Dinar J Japan ‐‐‐ Yen L Lithuania ‐‐‐ Euro M Malaysia ‐‐‐ Ringgit Maldives ‐‐‐ Rufiyaa Mexico ‐‐‐ Peso N Nepal ‐‐‐ Rupee Netherlands ‐‐ Euro Norway ‐‐ Krone North Korea ‐‐ Won P

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Pakistan ‐‐ Rupee Philippines ‐‐‐ Peso Portugal ‐‐‐‐ Euro Q Qatar ‐‐‐‐ Riyal R Russia ‐‐‐‐ Ruble S Saudi Arabia ‐‐ Riyal Singapore ‐‐ Dollar South Africa ‐‐ Rand South Korea ‐‐ Won Sri Lanka ‐‐ Rupee Switzerland ‐ Franc Syria ‐‐‐ Pound T Thailand ‐‐‐ Baht Turkey ‐‐‐ Lira U Ukraine ‐‐‐ Hryvnia UAE ‐‐ Dirham UK ‐‐ Pound USA ‐‐‐ Dollar V Vatican ‐‐‐ Euro Z Zimbabwe ‐‐ Dollar